Last Friday, the online publication Natural News, published by Mike Adams, the “Health Ranger,” got caught up in a mistaken internet report on Monsanto supposedly leaving the United Kingdom. The publication eventually had to post a correction. You can read our report here.
Today, Natural News has another incorrect report, claiming that the FDA is not requiring labeling of the “latest chemical sweetener from Monsanto,” neotame.
A simple search of Monsanto’s web site would have found the statement that Monsanto sold its sweetener business in 2000.
Or, if you don’t want to believe us, you could have done a Google search, which turned up this 2000 story from the Chicago Tribune: Monsanto selling off sweetener business.
Or, if you don’t want to believe us and the Chicago Tribune, you can even check the timeline of acquisitions and divestitures in the Monsanto entry on Wikipedia. The entry isn’t famous for accuracy but this timeline is correct.
So, Mike, tell your editors and headline writers at Natural News that, for the record, Monsanto is not in the sweetener business. It was sold in 2000.