Weed-Killing Chemical Linked To Cancer Found In Some Children’s Breakfast Foods

Weed-Killing Chemical Linked To Cancer Found In Some Children’s Breakfast Foods

Nearly all samples of oat cereals, oatmeal, granola, and snack bars recently tested by the Environmental Working Group contain the herbicide glyphosate, and this, despite the fact that there are no GMO oats on the marketplace today. More than two thirds of the samples had glyphosate levels above what EWG scientists consider protective of children's health with an adequate margin of safety. Still, about 30 percent of the samples tested of foods made with organically grown oats also had glyphosate - though all at levels below EWG's health benchmark. This comes days after Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages to a groundskeeper after they were found liable for causing him cancer with their weedkiller Roundup, according to the New York Times. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the widely used pesticide Roundup, which has been linked to cancer.

"According to the EPA, people should avoid consuming more than 2 mg of glyphosate for every kilogram of body weight", Alex Berezow, senior fellow of biomedical science at the American Council on Science and Health, a nonprofit group that says it advocates for evidence-based science and medicine, told CNN. Many scientists and scientific organizations, including the US Environmental Protection Agency, state that in the amounts commonly consumed in food, glyphosate is not harmful to human health.

But it's open to debate how much of a toxin glyphosate is.

General Mills says its products are safe and meet safety regulations.

"While our products comply with all safety and regulatory requirements, we are happy to be part of the discussion and are interested in collaborating with industry peers, regulators and other interested parties on glyphosate", a Quaker spokesman said Wednesday.

But Cook said that General Mills and Quaker Oats are "relying on outdated safety standards".

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Even organic oats can be contaminated if they sit next to fields where glyphosate is sprayed, or if they're processed on the same equipment as conventionally grown oats. "The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow as do farmers who grow crops including wheat and oats", the company says.

The group found the chemical in all but five of 29 oat-based foods.

United States farmers spray about 200m pounds of Roundup each year on their crops, including corn, soybeans, wheat and oats.

Despite the EWG's study and the recent lawsuit, Monsanto, the company that owns Roundup weed killer maintains that "glyphosate does not cause cancer" and "has a more than 40-year history of safe use, " a report stated.

"Glyphosate does not belong in cereal", said the EWG. The EPA should limit the use of glyphosate on food crops, including pre-harvest application.

Monsanto, however, says it plans to appeal the court's decision and the verdict "does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews - and conclusions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world - support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr. Johnson's cancer". "Parents should not have to wonder whether feeding their children these healthy foods will also expose them to a pesticide that increases the risk of cancer".

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