The claim that Nature Valley granola bars are made with “made with 100 percent Natural Whole Grain Oats” is being removed from the product’s label by General Mills as part of a settlement in a lawsuit by consumer groups alleging that the snacks contain traces of the pesticide glyphosate.
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The settlement to the lawsuit launched in 2016 was announced Thursday, CBS MoneyWatch reported.
The consumer groups said testing of Nature Valley granola bars revealed the presence of the weed killer Roundup. The main ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which some experts have linked to cancer, MoneyWatch reported.
“Nature Valley is confident in the accuracy of its label,” a General Mills spokesperson said in an email. “We made the decision to settle this case to avoid the cost and distraction of litigation.”
Last summer, a class-action suit against General Mills involving the company’s use of the word “natural” was dismissed because the judge said it wasn’t plausible to conclude the label meant the product contained no chemicals, MoneyWatch reported.
A study released earlier this month said a number of breakfast foods and cereals marketed to children contained glyphosate.
Recently, Roundup maker Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages to a California man who said the weed killer caused his cancer. That was the first ruling in thousands of similar lawsuits against Monsanto.
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