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Organic Consumers Association Sues Bigelow over False Labeling Claims

Bigelow’s ‘All Natural’ Tea Contains Glyphosate, an Ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18, 2017

Contact:

Katherine Paul, katherine@organicconsumers.org, 207-653-3090

Washington, DC – The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) filed suit against R.C. Bigelow, Inc., for the deceptive labeling and marketing of tea products under the Bigelow brand name, including Bigelow’s Green Tea. The suit was filed in Washington D.C. under the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

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, 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. 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.”

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 glyphosate.

OCA is represented by Richman Law Group.

Roundup® is a registered trademark of Monsanto Technology, LLC.

Read the full complaint 

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action. Visit: https://www.organicconsumers.org/

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