Cheerios, Quaker Oats, Contain Roundup Chemical Glyphosate Linked To Cancer

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The study, carried out by the non-profit Environmental Working Group, found that 43 out of 45 popular breakfast cereals tested in three locations in the U.S. contained traces of glyphosate.

Traces of glyphosate, an active chemical ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer, was found in two among the 45 products that were made with oats.

However, the World Health Organization has called glyphosate a "probable carcinogen" and authorities in California list it as a chemical "known to the state to cause cancer".

The highest level detected, 1,300 parts per billion, was in a sample of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats.

A California jury on August 10 found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company's glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages.

"We will petition the Environmental Protection Agency to do its job and end uses of glyphosate that resulted in the contamination we report today", said EWG President Ken Cook. A single serving of the majority of tested products would be enough to exceed that guideline, Tenkin said.

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The study by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) discovered trace amounts of the most widely used herbicide in the country in oats, granolas and snack bars.

The Environmental Working Group says it tested more than a dozen brands sold in the U.S.

In December 2017, the federal Environmental Protection Agency issued a draft human health risk assessment that said glyphosate was most likely not carcinogenic to humans.

"There's been a lot of controversy over whether this chemical actually has the ability to cause cancer".

The EWG's child-protective benchmark is 160 parts per billion. Nearly three-quarters of the samples were found to have glyphosate levels that exceeded the EWG's "health benchmark". Farmers will spray the weed-killing chemical on crops, such as wheat, oats and lentils, before harvest.

Even at the unacceptable levels, Health Canada still considered the foods safe. "Simply stated, there is far too much glyphosate in their products for parents to feel comfortable feeding them to their kids".

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In a statement to FOX Business regarding the report, a General Mills' spokesperson says, "Our products are safe and without questions they meet regulatory safety levels".

Plenty of other companies got back to Ad Age with similar statements backing the safety of their products. Five of the organic products tested positive, as well.

Kellogg also responded, saying, "Our food is safe.(EPA) sets strict standards for safe levels of these agricultural residues and the ingredients we purchase from suppliers for our foods fall under these limits".

Some products were found to have no detectable glyphosate or low levels, but the vast majority of those tested did have some.

Thankfully, organic oats scored better - as one might expect. It is believed that organic foods may be victim to Roundup drift from nearby farms, or may become cross-contaminated during processing. "It is for this reason that Nature's Path recently purchased more than 5,500 acres of pristine farmland to safeguard our own organic oat production".

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