August 15, 2018
According to the press release issued today, the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG), headquartered in Washington, D.C. has found glyphosate residues in several oat-based products. In light of this announcement, we feel it is important to share with you, our customers, our ongoing engagement in this area.
In the spring of 2015 Grain Millers announced the following policy to the industry regarding the use of glyphosate as a pre-harvest desiccant:
Grain Millers, Inc. Glyphosate on Oats Policy
This communication is to serve as official notification that as of harvest 2015, Grain Millers, Inc. will no longer accept any oats and/or oat products which have been treated with glyphosate. This change is driven by functional performance attributes of finished products manufactured from oats known to have been treated with glyphosate and by customer demand. This policy does not suggest any health or food safety concerns as reviewed and regulated by both the US FDA and/or CFIA/Health Canada.
We continue to employ, monitor, improve, and execute this program. We require our farmers to sign an affidavit that glyphosate has not been applied to grain they deliver to us. We have made and continue to make investments in our systems and processes to control our supply chain and the quality of the finished product we supply to you.
Managing the quality of our ingredients is and always has been our first priority. Our sourcing and processing systems are designed to give our customers ingredients they can rely on, consistent with our commitment to “Do the right thing, always.”