When GE first started selling its hydrogenated vegetable oils, they were a big hit.
But after an extended investigation by InsideClimate News, the company says that it has been “failing to meet the standards for quality” in the manufacturing of the products.
InsideClimate reporter John Martin reports.
GE has been forced to recall and halt sales of its products and is under investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly using unsafe methods to produce the vegetable oils.
The company has acknowledged the problems and says it is working to fix them.
GE announced a change to the product labeling in October, calling the oil a “new and improved” version of its original GE-certified vegetable oil.
In an email to InsideClimate, GE said the product now uses “a different process and is certified by a third party.”
GE did not respond to a request for comment.
GE is now working to change the product’s label to reflect the fact that it is a “natural” oil, not a GE-branded vegetable oil, and it will begin doing so in early 2019.
GE says it will also begin producing vegetable oils in a new plant in Georgia, but in an email, the Georgia Department of Agriculture says it has no information on that plant.
In September, GE’s U.K.-based subsidiary, Lidl, pulled out of the U,S.
market after reports that it used a pesticide to kill insects in its production process.
GE’s use of pesticides in other countries has been a subject of scrutiny, including in India.
In January, GE announced it was pulling out of India, citing the country’s pesticide regulations and a crackdown on the use of the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA.
BPA has been found to cause serious birth defects, reproductive abnormalities, asthma, reproductive cancers and neurological damage.
GE said it was also testing new processes to ensure the safety of its new plant.