Many of you have read the bold letters on the Quaker Oats package – “100% Natural Whole Grain”, as well as the text “Old Fashioned”.
This labeling makes you feel comfortable and secure while consuming these products, but recently the company was sued due to their misleading tactic in the label.
According to costumers from California and New York who filed the lawsuit, their oatmeal involves traces of the pesticide glyphosate.
After the accusations, an independent lab in California agreed on doing analyzes on the ingredients of Quaker Oats Quick 1-Minute oatmeal. Researchers used liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, which is a procedure often used by medical and chemical labs for drug research.
The test results showed traces of glyphosate. Even though the dosage was lower than the legal allowable limits, the company was sued for “false advertising” since it claims that their product is “100% Natural”.
The company stated the following:
“Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are trace amounts and significantly below any limits which have been set by the E.P.A. as safe for human consumption” further claiming that they did not use this chemical in the oatmeal, so its traces are probably due to the pesticides sprayed on the oats by farmers.
The pesticide was first produced in 1074 and since then it’s been regularly used. But in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (part of the World Health Organization) placed it into the category of “probable” cause of cancer.
The chemical has been also linked to birth defects after a study conducted in Paraguay showed that the babies of mothers living within 1 kilometer of areas where glyphosate is sprayed have a doubled risk to have birth defects.
Experts explain that glyphosate interferes in the amounts of vitamin A.
Also, it’s been discovered that there is a link between Roundup (that also contains the pesticide) and Attention Deficit Disorder in farming communities, which is believed to be due to the ability of glyphosates to disrupt the function of the thyroid hormone.
Moreover, the pesticide affects the production of serotonin in the body, leading to disorders in sleep, mood, appetite, and may lead to depression.