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Weed Killer Ingredient Found in Children's Cereal

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By    |   Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:05 AM

It could be a bad joke if it weren’t true. The Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based advocacy group, tested 28 samples of kids’ cereals and found that every sample of popular oat-based cereal and other oat-based foods for children contained the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.

These “cereal” killers contained residues of glyphosate at a higher level than the EWG scientists consider protective of children’s health with an adequate margin of safety. The sample tested is small and Quaker and General Mills, two companies cited, say there’s products are safe, there is no reason for concern and that the study is flawed.

The tests detected glyphosate in 28 samples of all products with conventionally grown oats. All but two samples had levels of glyphosate above the EWG’s health benchmark of 160 parts per billion, or ppb. The highest level of glyphosate found by an independent lab was 2,837 ppb in Quaker Oatmeal Squares breakfast cereal, nearly 18 times higher than the EWG benchmark. Honey Nut Cheerios and Quaker Simply Granola Oats also had glyphosate levels that might pose a cancer risk with long-term consumption.

Glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world, is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as “probably carcinogenic” to people. In 2017, glyphosate was also listed by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a chemical known to the state to cause cancer.

But, according to USA Today, Quaker issued this statement: "EWG report artificially creates a 'safe level' for glyphosate that is detached from those that have been established by responsible regulatory bodies in an effort to grab headlines.” 

Monsato also disputes the study USA Today wrote: “The manufacturer of Roundup, strongly disputes the finding that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen and notes that over four decades, the EPA has consistently supported the safe and effective use of glyphosate.”

In August, a jury in San Francisco ordered Roundup’s manufacturer, Monsanto, to pay $289 million in damages to a school groundskeeper who argued that the glyphosate-based weed killer caused his cancer. A judge recently upheld that decision but slashed Monsanto’s payout to $78 million.

General Mills, who products were cited the EWG report, maintains that glyphosate levels in its foods do not pose any health risks.

“The extremely low levels of pesticide residue cited in recent news reports is a tiny fraction of the amount the government allows,” the company said in a statement to CNN.

Tasha Stoiber, Ph.D., senior scientist at the EWG, tells Newsmax:

“Parents shouldn’t have to wonder what is in the food they’re feeding to their children. It is troubling that we’ve found glyphosate in so many products. Parents need to stay informed and buy organic to reduce glyphosate exposure. That said, oat-based products remain a healthy choice for families. There’s no need to throw away products that are already in the pantry. The risk for cancer is calculated for exposure over a long period of time.

“We want families to know what’s n their cereal. Harmful pesticides do not belong in children’s cereal and snack bars, and companies should be doing everything they can to keep pesticides out of our food.

“We also want companies to take action and work to source oats from suppliers who don’t use glyphosate as a pre-harvest desiccant—an unnecessary practice that contributes to the vast majority of week killer residue found in foods.”

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The Environmental Working Group, a Washington-based advocacy group, tested 28 samples of kids’ cereals and found that every sample of popular oat-based cereal and other oat-based foods for children contained the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.
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