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Ice cream sold under the Ben & Jerry’s brand contains traces of the weedkiller glyphosate, tests have revealed.
The chemical which is best known under the brand name Roundup is widely used on food crops, particularly in GM farming, around the world.
Samples - Ice - Cream - Europe - Glyphosate
Twelve out of 14 samples of the ice cream bought across Europe were positive for glyphosate.
Three of these were bought in the UK - Half Baked cookie dough and chocolate ice cream, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
Contamination - Ingredients - Wheat - Cookie - Dough
Contamination is thought to have come from the ingredients, such as wheat in cookie dough, used to flavour the ice cream.
The levels were very low and well below the levels set by food safety authorities in the US and Europe.
Glyphosate - Centre - Controversy - World - Studies
However glyphosate is at the centre of controversy around the world with some studies suggesting it is a cancer risk.
In 2015, the World Health Organisation(WHO) identified glyphosate as a ‘probable human carcinogen’. However, the chemical was subsequently given the all clear by EU food watchdogs.
Academics - Kings - College - London - Chemical
British academics from Kings College London have also linked the chemical to the development of liver disease in feeding trials with rats.
Earlier this year glyphosate traces were found in Ben & Jerry’s products sold in the USA. As a result, the Anglo-Dutch manufacturer, Unilever, plans to launch an organic – glyphosate free – range in the USA although not, as yet, in Europe.
Cows - Milk - Ice - Cream - USA
Most of the cows producing milk for the ice cream in the USA and Europe comes from animals fed on GM soya, which is normally sprayed with glyphosate.
GM plants are generally modified to give them resistance to spraying with chemicals like glyphosate or Roundup, which is...
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