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US cereal giant Kellogg has set a goal of phasing out the controversial weedkiller glyphosate from its supply chain by 2025, the company confirmed Monday.
Kellogg, which makes "Corn Flakes" cereal, Pop Tarts and other breakfast products, does not own or operate farms but some suppliers have used the herbicide as a "drying agent a few weeks before harvest, particularly with wheat and oats," the company said on its website.
"Although this practice is not widespread in our wheat and oat supply chains, we are working with our suppliers to phase out using glyphosate as pre-harvest drying agent in our wheat and oat supply chain in our major markets, including the US, by the end of 2025," the company said.
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The company's Chief Sustainability Officer Amy Senter said Kellogg has been working with suppliers on pesticide use since before 2017, and will "continue to actively monitor the science, regulations and consumer preferences on this topic."
"We expect the news of our updated commitments to be well received by our consumers," Senter told AFP in an email.
Kellogg's move comes amid a deluge of lawsuits targeting glyphosate, which is sold commercially as Roundup.
Several US courts have awarded plaintiffs large damages awards over cancer and other health claims, although they were later reduced by judges. German chemical giant Bayer maintains glyphosate is safe.
Kellogg's action was applauded by Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit which had commissioned lab testing of popular cereals and other foods that were shown to contain high dosages of glyphosate.
"We applaud Kellogg's for working with their suppliers to address the risks posed by glyphosate," said EWG President Ken Cook.
"It's no surprise that consumers don’t want a controversial weedkiller in their cereal. Now it's time for General Mills and Quaker to listen to their customers and fall in behind Kellogg's leadership and do the same -- end this use of this notorious weedkiller."
VIDEO - Glyphosate: a deputy voted against an amendment ... which he had drafted
This Thursday, January 17, "Special Envoy" (France 2) was interested in the sensitive subject of glyphosate. The journalists of the magazine went to meet the deputies and met Jean-Marie Fiévet. The latter had drafted an amendment to the bill to ban glyphosate, which he ultimately voted against.
Last September, the National Assembly voted against the amendment proposing to include in the law the prohibition of glyphosate by 2021. This product considered carcinogenic likely by the WHO has been at the heart of debates for many months , while it is used by farmers as a herbicide. This Thursday, January 17, Special Envoy took an interest in this sensitive subject.
Élise Lucet's teams went to meet the deputies who voted against the ban on glyphosate. In the corridors of the National Assembly, they were able to meet with some of them, who had however signed in 2017 a tribune going in this direction. A rather paradoxical situation, especially for Jean-Marie Fiévet. The deputy LREM des Deux-Sèvres voted well against the amendment in question. Only, as the journalist from Special Envoy reminds him, he himself co-wrote the text aimed at banning glyphosate.
" You tell me ... But wait, maybe we made the wrong amendment ", he stammers as he rereads the text in question. The reality is there, however: Jean-Marie Fiévet voted against himself. " This is the first time that this has happened to me, but we would have to check. The other deputies are doing the same thing, it's not a problem ... But on this subject, the Government is committed, the President also from the Republic, it will be deleted. I'm not worried about , "he said to defend himself. When the journalist insists, he ends up ending the conversation.
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