A survey carried out by the Health Research Institute has said they have found traces of weedkiller in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream products.
The survey found that 13 out of 14 tubs of the company’s ice cream were found to contain the herbicide. These tubs were for sale in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands, as reported by theindependent.co.uk.
The company have no come out and said that all traces of the weedkiller will be removed from their products, while they also announced plans to introduce a new “organic dairy” range next year.
The herbicide found in the products is mainly used in the agriculture industry to help protect crops. The weedkiller has been reported to be a cause of cancer and has been the centre of much debate recently.
Glyphosate has been in the midst of an EU debate on whether or not it’s use should be banned. So far over 1 million people across the EU have signed a petition to have the product banned, as it is said to be highly dangerous for human consumption and to the world’s bee populations. It was first sold back in the 1970’s under the name “Round-up”.
The herbicide is used on crops such as barley, oats, wheat and peanuts. All of these ingredients feature in Ben and Jerry’s ice cream products. The chemical has been recently deemed safe for human use by the European Chemical Agency.
The latest findings come after herbicides were also found in the US version of the Ben & Jerry’s brand. Laura Peterson, a spokesperson for Ben & Jerry’s, said they were “disappointed, but not totally surprised by the findings”.
“Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in agriculture and is everywhere – from mainstream food, to natural and organic food, and even rainwater“, she added.
“By no later than 2020, we will stop sourcing (produce) made with crops chemically dried using glyphosate. In addition, we intend to advocate for policies that would end use of glyphosate as a chemical drying agent.”, she concluded.
We have tweeted Ben& Jerry's IRL to see if their products, sold in Ireland contained any of these herbicides. We are awaiting their response.