The study, carried out by the non-profit Environmental Working Group, found that 43 out of 45 popular breakfast cereals tested in three locations in the U.S. contained traces of glyphosate. The researchers found the ingredient in all but two of 45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats. 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.
Quaker says it stands by the safety and quality of its products and that any levels of glyphosate found in its products are "significantly below" any regulatory limits and "well within compliance" of standards set by the EPA and the European Food Safety Authority. What's even shocking is that more than 200 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on crops in the USA each year.
"It is very troubling that cereals children like to eat contain glyphosate", said Alexis Temkin, an EWG toxicologist and author of the report. The group cites internal emails obtained by US Right to Know that showed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing food for glyphosate for two years and has found "a fair amount".
On July 7th, 2017, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment in California added glyphosate to its list of known chemicals to cause cancer - so this stuff is serious. Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal contained as much as 780 parts per billion in one sample.More news: Motorola P30 looks like an iPhone X and Huawei P20 Pro mashup
In February, the World Health Organization was under fire by politicians who rejected its claim that the herbicide causes cancer. It is believed that organic foods may be victim to Roundup drift from nearby farms, or may become cross-contaminated during processing.
"EPA has denied that glyphosate may increase the risk of cancer, and documents introduced in the recent California trial showed how the agency and Monsanto worked together to promote the claim that the chemical is safe", the Environmental Working Group says in its report.
However, the human health effects of glyphosate remain uncertain, because the product has additional chemical ingredients that, individually or combined, might be carcinogenic, among other reasons. Last week, Monsanto was ordered to pay US$289 million in damages in a lawsuit that linked its weedkiller and cancer.
Glyphosate "has a 40-year history of safe use and continues to be a vital, effective and safe tool for farmers and others".More news: Liverpool’s third goal v West Ham was clearly offside, says Manuel Pellegrini
The advocacy group's safety benchmark was 160 parts per billion.
Quaker Foods, a major manufacturer of oat food products, stresses that any glyphosate found in oats is the result of farmers applying it pre-harvest. The company's Kind Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut Bar reported no glyphosate in the first test, but 120ppb in the second.
Even at the unacceptable levels, Health Canada still considered the foods safe.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has likewise deemed glyphosate to be safe as long as directions on its label are followed properly.More news: Bin Laden raid commander to Trump: revoke my security clearance too