Ben & Jerry's, which has marketed itself as a non-GMO company for years, is now under fire after its ice cream tested positive for a chemical used to kill weeds.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) found that 10 out of 11 samples tested positive for glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
Lab testing found traces of glyphosate in the following flavors: Peanut Butter Cup, Peanut Butter Cookie, Vanilla (2 samples), Cherry Garcia, Phish Food, The Tonight Dough, Half Baked, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Americone Dream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Cherry Garcia was the only flavor that tested negative for the chemical.
Although the levels are far below the legal limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Organic Consumers Association is demanding that the company either transition to using only organic ingredients or stop advertising their products as "natural."
"It’s time for Ben & Jerry’s to announce it will immediately begin transitioning to 100-percent organic," the OCA wrote on its website. "Otherwise conscious consumers have no choice but to launch a national and, if necessary, international protest campaign and boycott."
Rob Michalak, global director of social mission at Ben & Jerry’s, told the New York Times that the company is working to ensure its products do not contain any genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
“We’re working to transition away from GMO, as far away as we can get,” Michalak said. “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.”
After the results were released, many took to social media to announce they plan to boycott the brand until it lives up to its advertising.