Breakfast Products Contain Monsanto's Roundup, Says EWG

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Earlier this week, an environmental research and advocacy group found traces of herbicide in Cheerios, Quaker Oats and a number of other breakfast foods, according to The New York Times.

The tests were commissioned by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group after internal FDA emails surfaced past year showing chemists at the agency were testing wheat, corn, and oat foods for glyphosate and had found "a fair amount in all of them", but had not yet released those results to the public.

A World Health Organization agency has declared that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic", while California has listed it in a registry of chemicals known to cause cancer. Products with some of the highest levels of glyphosate include granola, oats and snack bars made by leading industry namesQuaker, Kellogg's and General Mills, which makes Cheerios.

Last week a San Francisco jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a former school groundskeeper dying of cancer, saying the company's popular Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease.

In response to EWG's report, a Monsanto spokesperson said, "Even at the highest level reported by the EWG (1,300 ppb), an adult would have to eat 118 pounds of the food item every day for the rest of their life to reach the EPA's limit". "Quaker does not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process".

The Environmental Working Group commissioned independent laboratory tests for glyphosate, an herbicide linked to cancer, on more than a dozen brands of oat-based foods. The poisonous chemical may sound familiar since it's the active ingredient in Roundup, the herbicide whose health risks Monsanto intentionally concealed from the public. Still, there is much debate on whether glyphosate is actually risky, with some findings suggesting that it is only harmful to humans in high doses. The classification prompted a federal case in the US and prompted California to declare glyphosate a chemical that is known to cause cancer. Thirty-one exceeded 160 parts of glyphosate per billion, a level the EWG considers unsafe for children, per CNN, though the EPA's standard is far lower, with its range topping out at 310 parts per million.

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"Glyphosate does not belong in cereal", Tenkin wrote. Simple Truth Organic Instant Oatmeal, for instance, didn't have the chemical in its oats.

Glyphosate is the pesticide found in Roundup.

Glyphosate is the most widely-used herbicide ingredient in Canada, CBC reported a year ago. "The government must take steps to protect our most vulnerable populations", said Alexis Temkin, Ph.D, a toxicologist at the organization. Farmers will spray the weed-killing chemical on crops, such as wheat, oats and lentils, before harvest.

EWG President Ken Cook said in a press release that the group will push the EPA to review its policies on glyphosate and end the use of the product in crops. The higher the level, the worse for your health.

"Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any regulatory limits and well within compliance of the safety standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as safe for human consumption".

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