General Mills Faces Class Action Lawsuit over Cheerios Glyphosate Cover Up

Posted on Aug 22 2018 - 3:39am by Sustainable Pulse

General Mills is facing a potentially damaging class action lawsuit in the U.S. after a florida woman accused it of engaging in deceptive business practices, by not alerting the public that their Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereals contain the known carcinogen and the world’s most used weedkilller – glyphosate.

This new class action follows the landmark cancer trial verdict in San Francisco very closely, in which Monsanto was ordered by a jury to pay over USD $289 Million in total damages to the former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, a California father who has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which was caused by Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup.

Florida based Mounira Doss filed the Cheerios weedkiller class action lawsuit last Thursday, stating that she has purchased both Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios. She claims that both herself and other consumers would not have purchased the cereals had they known that the product contained a harmful carcinogen.

Doss also claims that General Mills actively tried to cover up the presence of the dangerous chemical from consumers. She seeks for the company to have to disgorge the profits it gained from selling the cereals in question, and to be forced to stop misrepresenting the products.

A 2016 testing project on glyphosate residues in popular American foods by Sustainable Pulse’s partner The Detox Project and Food Democracy Now! is one of the main pieces of evidence being used in the case according to the court documents, after it found levels of glyphosate in both Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios as well as many other products.

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer’s 2015 report classified glyphosate as a ‘probable human carcinogen’ and independent scientists agree that this is currently the best classification of the chemical.

The court documents in the class action point to research suggesting that General Mills’ Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios contain the chemical because it is often sprayed on oats right before they are harvested, as a desiccation tool. Oats are one of the main ingredients in Cheerios.

Doss is represented by Scott P. Schlesinger, Jonathan R. Gdanski, and Jeffrey L. Haberman of Schlesinger Law Offices PA.

She seeks to represent two Classes of consumers — a nationwide Class and a Class of Florida consumers who purchased Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios.

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21 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. melissa August 26, 2018 at 03:44 - Reply

    more information on the class action suit please. Florida resident.

  2. Blanche Felan August 26, 2018 at 20:36 - Reply

    I have been eating Most of these cereals for over 30 years. I have them in my pantry right now. Have sufferd with with I B S. Other chronic stomach & digestive disorders for over 30 years. Thought they were good for me. WRONG! Probabaly poiosoning me. I dont drink alcohol, never smoked, a good, healthy lifestyle. Had thyroid cancer & large tumor removed from throat. Couldn’t believe it!!! Why? Probably was related to the consumption of these cereals. I ate them almost everyday. Mixed them together. God help me now. They are in the trash. I even hate to feed them to the birds. No recourse I can’t prove it.

  3. Melody September 6, 2018 at 07:08 - Reply

    How can you join in on the class action lawsuit? Let alone, prove anything?

  4. Aquanetta F Littles September 8, 2018 at 18:18 - Reply

    How do i jion the class action lawsuit.

  5. shirley a chambers September 11, 2018 at 21:58 - Reply

    I have to eat cherrio because im celiac that’s probally why I don’t feel good at times I eat all the different flavors every month shame on yous for trying to kill us

  6. Lee October 9, 2018 at 00:37 - Reply

    I’ve been eating Cheerios & honey for a long long time. They were my fav.. not anymore…smh…shame on General Mills. (GREED GETS YOU NO WHERE !!! I want to join the class action too!!!

  7. Sue Haskins January 16, 2019 at 17:46 - Reply

    So p off over this fed to my family and myself!
    This Monsanto mess needs to be outlawed.

  8. norm January 29, 2019 at 00:03 - Reply

    how do get i get on the law suite

  9. Pamela Graves February 9, 2019 at 23:25 - Reply

    My Family and I have been eating General Mills cereal for many years even with getting Wic Vouchers for my children and I over the many years. Pamela Graves 3736 Winnebago Street Baton Rouge, La. 70805. Pleases send 10 claim forms for me and my family to fill out. Sincerely,Pamela Graves!

  10. Lenora Calender February 9, 2019 at 23:36 - Reply

    Hello My Name is Lenora Calender. My children and I have eaten General Mills Yellow box as well] as other General Mills Cereal for many years. My children and I have received Wic Vouchers and the General Mills cereal was apart of the food provided on the vouchers. Please send Sincerely, Lenora Calender.

  11. Troi February 20, 2019 at 03:37 - Reply

    Yes imagine that. The government program giving people free vouchers to purchase cereals from The very companies that are poisoning us. Poisoning our kids from the get go. I was on that program way back. I have been eating honey but cherrios forever too. I have Rhuemetoid Arthritis.

  12. Tamra April 12, 2019 at 21:21 - Reply

    I’ve bought for years

  13. Dean Weller June 12, 2019 at 15:38 - Reply

    Ate this too. I never had celiacs spru or high fructose malnutrition as a kid or while in college. Guess what I have now? Yep. It’s funny the fda claims our food is safe and hfcs along with it yet studies from UCLA now show support that these additives can cause genetic damage which can cascade and lead to memory loss and various diseases like Parkinson’s.

  14. Shirley Mapes June 12, 2019 at 19:00 - Reply

    I would like to join the class action suit. My husband and I have been eating the Fiber One and Cheerio products for years. Thank you,
    Shirley Mapes

  15. Jeff June 13, 2019 at 02:49 - Reply

    I would happily go to prison for my family if it means their future isnt contaminated.

  16. Esther Lopez June 13, 2019 at 23:29 - Reply

    I have lymphomic Leukemia and are Honey Nut Cheerios for years!!!
    Would like to know more about a class action law suit.
    Thank you

  17. linda bolger June 14, 2019 at 05:38 - Reply

    more info to be in class action suit

  18. James June 15, 2019 at 01:27 - Reply

    Ben eating Cheerios for last 8 years or more now I’m hearing about this but how do I join in I go through 5 family size boxes in 30 days

  19. Barbara July 10, 2019 at 14:57 - Reply

    My husband suddenly started having TIA’s and was treated for them which, in turn, started internal bleeding. That turned out to be a huge ulcer and Stage 4 cancer of the stomach which had already spread to his liver. He died 8 weeks later after the diagnosis. He ate Cheerios almost every day. I wonder about the connection now.

  20. Virginia Cusick August 4, 2019 at 13:14 - Reply

    Now think about oatmeal!! Heart healthy? lol We are encouraged to eat this every day as seniors….imagine that the crop of oats is watered with used fracking water containing oil residue & over 2000 other cancer causing chemicals for its whole life cycle and sprayed with glyphosate several times and just before harvesting the oats they are soaked with more glyphosate to dry the plants out.

    Organics are also watered with this used fracking water with the 2000 chemicals…make a point of asking your market produce person if they know for a fact that their organics are CLEAN….maybe we can some stores worry about losing $ and maybe they’ll change?? Or am I dreaming?

  21. Lisa April 18, 2022 at 00:22 - Reply

    get rural land over 10 acres to have autonomy this summer 2022
    we have to grow our own food
    stores close
    cites unsafe for Americans
    Think God
    turn back to Him

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