Jay Feldman, Executive Director of Beyond Pesticides, said: "We join and support those beekeepers who are working to stop hazardous pesticides uses that cause widespread contamination of crops, including honey. Until U.S. regulatory agencies prohibit Monsanto and other manufacturers of glyphosate from selling pesticides that end up in the food supply, we need to protect consumers by demanding truth and transparency in labeling."
The lawsuit specifically cites Sue Bee Clover Honey, labeled "Pure"; Aunt Sue's Farmers Market Clover Honey, labeled "100% Pure"; and Aunt Sue's Raw Honey, labeled "100% Pure" and "Natural. Plaintiffs cite testing, conducted by the FDA, of honey that found 41 ppb (parts per billion) of glyphosate.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not set a tolerance (or acceptable level) of glyphosate in honey, raising questions about the legality of any level. EPA was supposed to rule in 2015 on whether or not to re-register glyphosate, but has failed to complete the review process on schedule.
Read the formal complaint here: www.beyondpesticides.org//assets/media/documents/Sue Bee Complaint Stamped.pdf.
Contact: Jay Feldman, 202-543-5450
Katherine Paul, 207-653-3090
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SOURCE National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides