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Posted on May 27, 2016 in Featured, Reports | 4 comments

Taiwan Recalls Quaker Oats in Massive Glyphosate Clampdown

Taiwan Recalls Quaker Oats in Massive Glyphosate Clampdown

Oatmeal products from major food brand Quaker Oats were found to contain traces of a probable carcinogenic chemical called glyphosate, according to the results of an inspection by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, 食藥署).

Source: www.chinapost.com.tw

Standard Foods Corporation (佳格食品) said in a statement that the company’s oatmeal products produced in Taiwan have all passed FDA tests, and have no connection to the U.S.-imported Quaker Oats sold by other trade companies.

The firm stressed their products are all “made in Taiwan,” with main ingredients imported from Australia.

Ten out of 36 inspected products in the latest investigation contained glyphosate residue, prompting the FDA to recall nearly 62,000 kilograms of oatmeal.

Most of the tainted oatmeal was imported from the U.S. and was sold at various large retailers including RT-Mart (大潤發), Carrefour (家樂福) and Costco (好市多).

According to the FDA, Glyphosate is a widely used weed-killing herbicide — considered to be relatively safe among herbicides and permitted for use in Taiwan under the condition that residue does not exceed 0.1 ppm. The World Health Organization declared the substance as “probably carcinogenic to humans” in 2015.

The tainted oatmeal discovered contained glyphosate levels from 0.1 to 1.8 ppm.

Companies Face Fines up to NT$200 million.

Companies that violated the regulated standard may face a fine from NT$60,000 to NT$200 million, including vendors of the following products — Coach’s Oats bought from RT-Mart, Quaker Oats Quick 1-Minute and Quaker Oats traditional oats purchased from Carrefour, Quaker Oats bought from Costco, FIFTY50 heart-shaped oatmeal and McANN’s Irish Oatmeal bought from City Super (遠東都會).

Also on the list were Bob’s Red Mill Quick Cooking Oats from Macroscopic Inc. (廣紘國際公司), the “100-percent natural” Australian Oatmeal from Fu Yuan Foods (富元食品), and oats sold by Fong Gwo Co. (逢國食品).

This was the administration’s first random inspection of oatmeal products flowing into the market, FDA official Wang Te-yuan (王德原) told local media.

Previously, only genetically modified soybeans were tested for glyphosate at customs, but the decision was made to also test oatmeal after reports indicated issues with those products overseas

Earlier this month, Quaker Oats was sued in the U.S. for its claims of being an all-natural product. The lawsuit claimed that independent testing found traces of glyphosate.

  • Jim Martindale

    Unless the Aussies are desiccating their oats, it seems unlikely that US grown food grade oats would be desiccated to create the residue. HOWEVER….the air, and precipitation that falls on the oat crop in the USA CONTAINs enough Glyphosate to easily accumulate to more than 0.1 ppm glyphosate in the grain.

  • JTM

    A small correction: it was not “The World Health Organization” that declared the substance as “probably carcinogenic to humans” in 2015. It was IARC, an independent organisation operating under WHO that issued a report, drafted under the chairmanship of an anti-pesticide campaigner who conveniently didn’t mention all of his alliances when he took that role. Another WHO organisation, the JMPR, has in the meantime declared that glyphosate is NOT carcinogenic, joining every other regulatory body in the world that has evaluated ALL available information, rather than what IARC did: make their own selection of studies, and ignore the larger part of the reports “because they did not fulfil IARC’s (self-imposed) selection criteria” for studies to evaluate.

  • Yvonne Forsman

    Monsanto should be charged with poisoning the global air, causing global genocide. Our immune system begins in the gut, Glyphosate destroys the good gut bacteria, destroying our immune system, causing diseases. China bought Swiss chemical company Syngenta and is now producing Glyposate under a generic name. China too should be charged with global genocide.

  • Yvonne Forsman

    Monsanto should be charged with poisoning the global air, causing global genocide. Our immune system begins in the gut, Glyphosate destroys the good gut bacteria, destroying our immune system, causing diseases. China bought Swiss chemical company Syngenta and is now producing Glyposate under a generic name. China too should be charged with global genocide.