Roundup residue found in U.S. honey supply says lawsuit

Two consumer food watchdog groups have filed a lawsuit alleging that high levels of Roundup residue were found in Sue Bee honey, which is advertised as being “100% pure” and “natural.” The complaint comes amid growing concerns about the side effects of exposure to Roundup including assertions it causes cancer.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) and Beyond Pesticides filed the lawsuit against Sioux Honey Association in D.C. Superior Court on November 1, indicating that false, deceptive and misleading statements were made about the products, which fail to honestly report the presence of Roundup residue and the potential health risks.

The suit names Sue Bee Clover Honey, Aunt Sue’s Farmers Market Clover Honey, and Aunt Sue’s Raw Honey, indicating that products were purchased in late October for testing that found evidence of glyphosate. In February of this year, the FDA announced that, for the first time, it would begin looking for glyphosate residue in the U.S. food supply. However, the records acquired by U.S. Right To Know found that some FDA researchers had already found it in the food supply before that decision was made.

FDA regulations do not technically allow any amount of glyphosate in U.S. honey, one researcher noted in the documents. However, some FDA researchers said the detection of glyphosate was not a matter of concern.

Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers.