Weed killer found in oat cereal and granola bars

Katie Ramirez
August 18, 2018

The EWG study released Wednesday shows 43 of 45 oat cereals and oat products that were tested contained traces of glyphosate. The group said the majority of oat products in the study exceeded that level.

Some popular breakfast foods and cereals marketed to children contain a weed-killing chemical that some health authorities have linked to cancer.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, is the most widely used herbicide in the country due to the widespread adoption of GMOs.

"There's been a lot of controversy over whether this chemical actually has the ability to cause cancer". Cook said the EWG will urge the EPA to limit the use of glyphosate on food crops but said companies should "step up" because of the "lawless" nature of the regulator under the Trump administration.

The World Health Organization has classified glyphosate as a "probable human carcinogen", though the product's harm to humans is still being debated.

A California jury on August 10 found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company's glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages.

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"The important thing to do is to continue to use common sense, and not overreact that all commercially available products at your local hardware store are an imminent threat to public health", he says.

What's high? Well, the EWG suggests kids shouldn't be exposed to more than 160 parts per billion per day (ppb). However, the EPA contends that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, and Monsanto, makers of the herbicide Roundup for which glyphosate is a key ingredient, claim that glyphosate isn't a risk to humans, wildlife, or the environment. It was also reported that in 31 of the samples, the glyphosate level was more than what is believed to be healthy for children. On the organic side, just five products were discovered to have had Glyphosate and none of them reached the 160ppb benchmark.

In its ruling, the court found that the company's Roundup and Ranger Pro products presented a "substantial danger" to consumers and that the company knew-or should have known-the potential risks they posed. Along with that, on December 18, the company even posted on their website a statement by the EPA, "The draft human health risk assessment concludes that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans".

The highest levels of glyphosate (1,300 parts per billion) were detected in Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, EWG noted. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for instance, has found that children between the ages of one and two have much higher exposure than older people.

"We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products". The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow as do farmers who grow crops including wheat and oats. Quaker does not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process. Others say the study won't change their habits now, but hope there will be more research about the health effects in the future. It's not exactly clear how risky the chemical is for humans.

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