Quaker Oats Class Action Lawsuit 2018: Are Quaker Oats safe to eat?
On October 26, 2018, a Quaker Oats Lawsuit was filed. Quaker is a brand that has long been synonymous with wholesome and healthy food choices. But this may not be so…
What’s the scoop? Are there harmful chemicals in Quaker Oats?
The plaintiff, Morgan Steckler, filed a class action lawsuit against Quaker Oats; Steckler filed the suit against Quaker Oats when it was discovered to contain the weed-killer glyphosate. Steckler asserts that he would not have purchased Quaker Oats products with the knowledge that it contained dangerous chemicals; this lawsuit against Quaker Oats also purports that in addition to the plaintiff, millions of consumers have also been long deceived. For today’s more health-conscious consumer, nutritional facts on labels are more important than ever; this lawsuit states that customers are far more likely to purchase food that is labeled “all-natural” “non-GMO” “reduces heart disease”, and “Get your day started off to a Heart Healthy Start with Whole Grain Oatmeal!”, just a few of the printed claims on Quaker Oats products. If consumers had knowledge of a harmful chemical in Quaker Oats products, they would be far less likely to purchase more of them.
What is glyphosate?
Glyphosate, as described in the class action suit, is a powerful weed-killing chemical, commonly used by farmers when spraying crops. Glyphosate is not considered safe for human consumption, as determined by widespread testing and advisement of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC); IARC has reported that glyphosate a probable carcinogenic to human. Quaker Oats products containing glyphosate, the lawsuit states, should never have been branded as health food.
According to this 2018 Quaker Oats lawsuit, by failing to disclose the brand’s use of cancer-causing glyphosate, consumers are misled into purchasing an item labeled “100% Natural” and “eco-friendly”; glyphosate and other pesticide chemicals are not at all natural or eco-friendly, thus deceiving customers into purchasing less-than-healthy products.
How do we know there is glyphosate in Quaker Oats products?
The lawsuit describes conclusive testing by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an organization dedicated to the protection of consumers and environmental health. The EWG tested 45 products, finding Quaker Oats food products to have (by far) the highest levels of glyphosate. EWG states that Quaker Oats food contain chemicals because the crop-cleansing process is ineffective in removing all residual glyphosate.
For the purposes of this lawsuit, these are the 17 Quaker Oats products containing glyphosate:
- Quaker Dinosaur Eggs – Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal
- Quaker Steel Cut Oats
- Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
- Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey, Raisins & Almonds
- Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Cinnamon & Spice
- Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Apples & Cinnamon
- Quaker Real Medleys Super Grains Banana Walnut
- Quaker Overnight Oats, Raisin, Walnut & Honey Heaven
- Quaker Overnight Oats Unsweetened with Chia Seeds
- Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Brown Sugar
- Quaker Oatmeal Squares, Honey Nut
- Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey & Almonds
- Quaker Breakfast Flats Crispy Snack Bars, Cranberry Almond
- Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip
- Quaker Chewy S’mores
- Quaker Breakfast Squares Soft Baked Bars, Peanut Butter
- Quaker Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
In addition to California, Steckler seeks to represent Quaker Oats consumers in Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and Washington State.
If you believe that what is alleged in the Quaker Oats class action has affected you, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you take a step in the right direction, fight this issue, and better enable you to join the consumer class action. If interested, please send an email to Outreach@ConsiderTheConsumer.com, find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or even connect with us directly on our website! We look forward to hearing from all of you.