Ronald Bailey: Legal vultures use activist claims about glyphosate for ‘bogus’ Quaker Oats lawsuit

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Activists are now using the IARC conclusions to hammer glyphosate and alarm the public. Naturally the legal vultures . . . have pounced. The Richman Law Group paid a laboratory to test Quaker Oats to see if they might contain trace amounts of glyphosate. The Richman Law Group often goes after deep pocket corporations who make what the firm argues are colorable advertising claims.

As the New York Times reports, the laboratory hired by the law firm found “glyphosate at a level of 1.18 parts per million in a sample of Quaker Oats Quick 1-Minute. This is roughly 4 percent of the 30 parts per million that the Environmental Protection Agency allows in cereal grains.”

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The Times added: “Kim Richman, the lead lawyer of the firm representing the plaintiffs, said the amount of glyphosate was not the issue. ‘The issue is that Quaker advertises these products as 100 percent natural, and glyphosate in any amount is not natural,’ he said.”

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Just as the lawsuit was announced, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published online its scientific report last Friday that glyphosate is unlikely to be carcinogenic to humans. Oddly, the agency took down the report on Monday. The EPA told Reuters that its review was not yet finished. . . While the science may be final, the politics is evidently not.

Read full, original post: Totally Bogus Attack on Glyphosate in Quaker Oats


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