This past July, the Organic Consumers Association told The New York Times that it found traces of glyphosate, a systemic herbicide used to kill weeds, in 10 out of 11 samples of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
A spokesperson from the famous ice cream company came out with a statement that they have yet to see the report. So, the article was published before even Ben & Jerry’s received the report. The spokesperson said, “Even if the reported results are accurate, as the laboratory that conducted the test stated, a person would have to consume 145,000 eight-ounce servings per day to reach the limit set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.” This fact ensures that consumers are safe to continue eating their delicious ice cream, and that the association is just aiming to tarnish the company’s reputation.
Regardless, the company watches its own back. On the Ben & Jerry’s website, they inform consumers that their state standards allow dairy and egg suppliers to use conventional animal feeds that contain GMO grains. And the amount is far below where it would need to be in order to cause even the slightest harm to someone’s health.
“We’re working to transition away from GMO, as far away as we can get,” Rob Michalak, the global director of Ben & Jerry’s told The New York Times. “But then these tests come along, and we need to better understand where the glyphosate they’re finding is coming from. Maybe it’s from something that’s not even in our supply chain, and so we’re missing it,” he said.