Unsafe levels of weed killer chemical found in cereals marketed to children

Unsafe levels of weed killer chemical found in cereals marketed to children

Unsafe levels of weed killer chemical found in cereals marketed to children

A recent reportstates popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a "hefty dose" of the weed-killing poison in Roundup. "Parents shouldn't worry about whether feeding their children heathy oat foods will also expose them to a chemical linked to cancer". "No one wants to eat a weed killer for breakfast, and no one should have to do so".

According to the report, Glyphosate was found in 43 out of 45 product samples with "conventionally grown" oats. Nearly three-quarters of the samples were found to have glyphosate levels that exceeded the EWG's "health benchmark".

Both the Quaker Oats Company and General Mills, the maker of Cheerios, disagree with the EWG report's results, defending their products as safe to consume.

Glyphosate is the most widely-used herbicide ingredient in Canada, CBC reported previous year.

In a groundbreaking decision, a terminally ill California man won a $289 million settlement on Friday from the controversial chemical manufacturer Monsanto after a judge agreed that the company's weed killer, Roundup, caused the man's cancer. The patient says his illness was caused by repeated exposure to Roundup and other glyphosate-based products. Thousands of lawsuits against Monsanto brought by farm workers and others also allege that they developed cancer from long-term exposure to Roundup.

"Our products are safe and without question, they meet regulatory safety levels", a spokesperson General Mills told the New York Times.

"I was shocked", said Dr. Jennifer Lowry, who heads the Council on Environmental Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a toxicologist at Children's Mercy Kansas City.

The United States Food and Drug Administration, which regulates domestic and imported food to make sure it does not exceed levels set by the E.P.A., said that based on 2016 samples, it had not found any violations of E.P.A. standards with glyphosate.

Now of course we have to present the EPA's side: The EPA denies that glyphosate may increase the risk of cancer. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled glyphosate a carcinogen in 1985, but reversed its position in 1991.

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

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.

Quaker responded to the EWG's report with a statement which read in part, "We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products". However, the amounts of glyphosate found in the food is far below the allowable limits. This extra dousing is done to hasten drying of the grain and allows farmers to harvest crops as much as two weeks earlier than they normally would.

A Kellogg's spokesman said: "Our food is safe".

We expect better from General Mills and Quaker Oats, and we will continue to urge consumers to express their preference with their pocketbooks.

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