General Mills faces class action lawsuit over Cheerios glyphosate cover up
Published: October 4, 2018
Category: Glyphosate Controversy, The Organic & Non-GMO Report Newsletter
General Mills is facing a potentially damaging class action lawsuit in the U.S. after a Florida woman accused it of engaging in deceptive business practices, by not alerting the public that their Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereals contain the known carcinogen and the world’s most used weedkiller—glyphosate.
This new class action follows the landmark cancer trial verdict in San Francisco very closely, in which Monsanto was ordered by a jury to pay $289 million in damages to former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, a California father who has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which was caused by Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup.
Florida-based Mounira Doss filed the Cheerios weedkiller class action lawsuit in August, stating that she has purchased both Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios. She claims that both she and other consumers would not have purchased the cereals had they known that the product contained a harmful carcinogen.
Doss also claims that General Mills actively tried to hide the presence of the dangerous chemical from consumers. She seeks for the company to have to surrender the profits it gained from selling the cereals in question, and to be forced to stop misrepresenting the products.
The court documents in the class action point to research suggesting that General Mills’ Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios contain the chemical because it is often sprayed on oats right before they are harvested, as a desiccation tool. Oats are one of the main ingredients in Cheerios.
Source: Sustainable Pulse
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