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100% Not True?

If you sometimes like to grab a quick meal at your favorite fast-food restaurant, you’ll want to read this new report from GMO Free USA, based on extensive testing of foods sold at 15 popular restaurant chains.

Turns out, a large percentage of fast-food restaurants serve glyphosate-contaminated food—even though they use words like “100% clean,” “superior quality” and “best ingredients” in their advertising claims.

That news is bad enough. But it gets worse. According to the report: The highest levels of glyphosate were detected in “Whole Grain” or “Multigrain” foods, which consumers typically seek out and perceive as a healthier choice. In fact, the highest level of all 44 samples tested by GMO Free USA was detected in a whole grain bagel purchased at Panera Bread—a company that claims  “100% of our food is 100% clean.”

The report also singles out the popular Pret a Manger chain, which advertises its food as “free from obscure chemicals”—even though glyphosate was detected in two of the chains menu items. (In September 2018, OCA, GMO Free USA and Beyond Pesticides sued Pret a Manger for deceptive advertising after detecting glyphosate in some of its menu items).

GMO Free USA tested foods from Chili’s Grill & Bar, Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin’ Donuts, IHOP, Le Pain Quotidien, McDonald’s, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Pret a Manger, Subway, Taco Bell, and Whole Foods Market.

Read ‘Eating Out: A Date with Glyphosate’

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