Unlike Pepsi Co, which recently got let loose from a class action lawsuit concerning a carcinogen used in soda, a class action lawsuit against the maker of Cheerios, Yoplait yogurt, and Pillsbury cinnamon rolls was just certified by a federal judge.
Minneapolis residents claim that General Mills polluted their air and water with more than 15,000 gallons of carcinogenic solvents that have seeped into homes.
General Mills (GM) makes hundreds of foods that most Americans are used to eating on a daily basis, but the company obviously has little concern for the health of the mouths they make millions from.
Plaintiffs in the class action suit claim that GM released trichloroethylene – a chemical used to extract vegetable oils from plant materials – into the area around its former facility in Minneapolis. The company disposed approximately 15,000 gallons of chemical solvents into the air and water supply.
Dr. Lorne Everett, an expert for the citizens of Minneapolis states that:
“[GM disposed of] large quantities of toxic chemicals, including [trichloroethylene] TCE, at the facility, has resulted in widespread soil vapor contamination.”
GM is blaming it on other nearby facilities, in a typical Big Food ‘it wasn’t me’ defense, as well as saying household solvents were the cause – indeed – for 15000 gallons of chemical, carcinogenic solvents.
GM has had to investigate the quality of the air, water, and soil around its facilities before due to concerns of toxicity.
GM also knowingly disposed of 1,000 gallons of laboratory solvents and other chemical wastes at its technical research property. In 1980, General Mills sold the property to the Henkel Corporation, which ceased operation in 1985.
In the recent past, mega-corporation General Mills was forced to remove the label “100% Natural” from more than 20 of its products, including its Nature Valley snack bars and crispy squares. The company was trying to market and sell their product as being ‘natural,’ when in fact they were chock-full of toxic, non-natural ingredients. Just another example of how GM lacks any regard for the population.
At least 200 homes have allegedly been compromised by the latest GM chemical dumping.
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Pretty disgusting. It’s hard to believe we are still reading about these atrocities in 2015. It just goes to prove that environmental safeguards and the health of the population are still at the bottom of the government’s priority list and that these huge businesses care little about what they do as long as they make their profit quotas.
All corporations worldwide exist under the Roman Curia. The Motu Proprio
issued by Pope Francis ended corporate protection for all corporate
officers and employee’s on September 1st 2013. The officer’s and
employee’s of General Mills should be indicted directly for their
actions. The same goes for all corporate governments.
Now if we could have a class action lawsuit on the GMO suppliers. I know it would never happen, because they own the judicial system. It’s just a dream.
Here is another one
San Diego sues Monsanto over PCB pollution:
Mar 17, 2015, 2:47pm CDT
Ben UnglesbeeReporter- St. Louis Business Journal
The City of San Diego has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto Company and two related companies over long-standing chemical pollution in San Diego Bay.
San Diego, together with the San Diego Unified Port District, filed the suit Friday in U.S. District Court in California’s Southern District. Listed as defendants are Monsanto along with Solutia Inc.,a chemical company spun off from Monsanto, and Pharmacia Corporation, a New Jersey-based company that inherited Monsanto’s pharmaceutical business and is now owned by Pfizer Inc.
San Diego and the port argue that the companies are liable for contamination of the bay by polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, manufactured by Monsanto from the 1930s through the late 1970s. San Diego and the port say that Monsanto continued making and pushing PCBs even knowing they were an environmental hazard. The lawsuit requests a jury trial and seeks punitive damages, compensation for cleaning up the bay and damages relating to San Diego’s decreased use of its natural resources.
Monsanto said in a statement it was reviewing the lawsuit’s allegations. “Monsanto is not responsible for the costs alleged in this matter,” the company said. “It only sold a lawful and useful product at thetime, that was incorporated by third parties, including the Navy, into other useful
products. If improper disposal or other improper uses allowed for necessary clean up costs, then these other third parties would bear responsibility for these costs.”