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Weed Killer Glyphosate Found in Kids' Breakfast Foods

Weed Killer Glyphosate Found in Kids' Breakfast Foods

Traces of glyphosate, a weed killer, were found in breakfast foods, according to a new study by the Environmental Working Group. (Karen Foley/Dreamstime)

By    |   Wednesday, 15 August 2018 11:48 AM

Traces of the weed-killer chemical glyphosate have been found in kids' breakfast foods, according to new study by a nonprofit environmental watchdog organization, while food companies say their products are safe, CBS News reported Wednesday.

The Environmental Working Group said that it found trace amounts of the most widely used herbicide in the country in oats, granolas and snack bars in sample tests, CBS News wrote. Thirty-one out of 45 tested products had levels higher than what some scientists consider safe for children, the network reported.

The World Health Organization has claimed that glyphosate is a "probable carcinogen" while California lists it as a chemical "known to the state to cause cancer," CBS News noted. Some scientists, doctors, and activists have been trying to keep glyphosate out of crops because of cancer concerns.

Granola bars, instant oatmeal, oat-based breakfast cereals, and snack bars tested were all found to have traces of the chemical, according to the study. Included in the study were such brands as Back to Nature Granola, Great Value Original Instant Oatmeal, Cheerios Toasted Wheat, and Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Oats N Honey.

"Each year, more than 250 pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on American crops, primarily on 'Roundup-ready' corn and soybeans genetically engineered to withstand the herbicide," the EWG study said. "But when it comes to the food we eat; the highest glyphosate levels are not found in products made with GMO corn.

"Increasingly, glyphosate is also sprayed just before harvest on wheat, barley, oats, and beans that are not genetically engineered. Glyphosate kills the crop, drying it out so that it can be harvested sooner than if the plant were allowed to die naturally," the study continued.

Monsanto has disputed the danger of glyphosate, saying in a statement to CBS News that "glyphosate does not cause cancer" and "has a more than 40-year history of safe use."

"Even at the highest level reported (in the EWG study) … an adult would have to eat 118 pounds of the food item every day for the rest of their life in order to reach the EPA's limit" for glyphosate residues," the company continued.

CBS News said, though, that a California state Superior Court jury last week ordered Monsanto to pay one man $289 million in damages after he claimed the company's weed killers caused his cancer.

The Quaker Oates Co. and General Mills issued statements, charging that their products were safe, according to CBS News.

"We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products," the company said, according to CBS News. "Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits of the safety standards set by the EPA and the European Commission as safe for human consumption."

General Mills added, according to CBS News: "Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels. The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow."

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Traces of the weed-killer chemical glyphosate have been found in kids' breakfast foods, according to new study by a nonprofit environmental watchdog organization, while food companies say their products are safe.
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