New study finds glyphosate in kids' cereals and snack bars

New study finds glyphosate in kids' cereals and snack bars

New study finds glyphosate in kids' cereals and snack bars

A new study by an advocacy group claims to have discovered "hefty" amounts of a key ingredient of a weed killer in popular oat-based products, but experts say the ingredient is not as risky as suggested and parents shouldn't rush to toss out their children's cereal.

The Environmental Working Group said in a statement late Wednesday that it's "deeply disappointed" by the companies' "tone-deaf response" to its report. 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. Documents introduced in the California trial showed how the agency and Monsanto worked together to promote the claim that the chemical is safe.

EWG is urging the EPA to review the evidence linking glyphosate to increased cancer risk and other deleterious health effects - the organization also says that the EPA should limit things like the practice of applying the chemical just before harvesting.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has also determined that glyphosate is "not likely to be carcinogenic to humans".

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.

Monsanto, which said it will appeal against the verdict, has said glyphosate has been used safely for decades.

General Mills' popular Cheerios brand had the next highest with 530 parts per billion.

"Plaintiffs are putting forward junk science that is not based upon the 40 years of safe glyphosate use and studies", Scott Partridge, Monsanto's vice president of global strategy, told Reuters.

In its testing, the EWG tested 45 samples of conventionally grown oats and 16 of organically grown oats.

The EWG said the federal limits are outdated and that most of the products it tested exceed a more stringent definition of safe glyphosate levels. In 2016, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization found that the chemical was "unlikely" to pose a risk to humans through food.

Popular children items, including General Mills' Cheerios, Lucky Charm's, Kellogg's Cracklin' Oat Bran, Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip granola bar, and Quaker's Old Fashioned Oats, all had levels exceeding EWG's safety guidelines.

"Glyphosate does not belong in cereal". "The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow".

Quaker Oats released a statement, "We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products". A full list of tested products and their glyphosate content is available as part of the study.

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

"This data was evaluated by Health Canada and no human health concerns were identified", the agency said in its report. 31 of these contained dangerously high levels of the chemical. 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".

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