A nonprofit advocacy group filed a civil action in Washington D.C. under the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act against R.C. Bigelow, Inc. for allegedly using deceptive labeling and marketing on products including Bigelow’s Green Tea.
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) alleges that Bigelow Tea puts the words “All Natural” on its Classic Green Tea and other tea products, and also represents its products and the company as being “environmentally friendly” even though Bigelow’s Green Tea tested positive for glyphosate, a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant that is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup® weedkiller.
“Like other companies that market their products as ‘natural’ and ‘environmentally friendly,’ Bigelow is using these terms to profit from growing consumer demand for healthier, more sustainably produced products, even though the company knows those claims are false,” said Ronnie Cummins, international director of the Organic Consumers Association.
“Bigelow knows that health-conscious consumers will pay a premium for ‘all natural’ products believing those products are free of pesticides and other contaminants,” said Cummins. “Likewise, Bigelow knows that consumers who care about the environment will pay more for products they believe were produced using methods that don’t harm the environment.”
“As a consumer education and advocacy group, it’s our job to expose these false claims and force corporations to either clean up their products, or clean up their labels and advertising,” said Cummins.
Glyphosate will kill most plants. Among other health and environmental concerns, according to a report published January 2017, low doses of glyphosate have been linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, suggesting that there is no “safe” level of the chemical.
In March 2015 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic in humans” based on epidemiological studies, animal studies, and in vitro studies
Organic Consumers Association is represented by Richman Law Group.
Roundup® is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology, LLC.
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