Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Unhealthy levels of chemicals present in cereals, report says

Unhealthy levels of chemicals present in cereals, report says

Lab tests conducted by the left-leaning Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit advocacy group that specializes in toxic chemicals and corporate accountability, indicated nearly three-fourths of the 45 food products tested detected high levels of glyphosate, which has been identified as a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization in 2015.

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. The report claimed to have found glyphosate in products like Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Nature Valley Granola Bars and Quaker's Old Fashioned Oats. Of the 61 food samples they tested, 48 contained some level of glyphosate - 31 of those higher than 160 parts per billion.

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

Based on the new report, the EWG's senior science advisor for children's environmental health said she believes glyphosate shouldn't be in food, and especially not in foods that kids eat.

Getty Images/Blend Images Oat-based cereals, including Cheerios, were found to contain glyphosate.

In light of the lawsuit and the World Health Organization's 2015 conclusion that the chemical is a "probable carcinogen", said EWG on Wednesday, "It is very troubling that cereals children like to eat contain glyphosate". "The government must take steps to protect our most vulnerable populations".

The report comes days after a landmark ruling that awarded a California groundskeeper $289.2 million claiming Monsanto's weed killer Roundup caused him to have cancer. "Roundup could cause cancer", Brent Wisner, the lawyer for the California man, Dewayne Johnson, said in a statement obtained by The Guardian.

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

"They have an agenda.

More than 800 scientific studies, the US EPA, the National Institutes of Health and regulators around the world have concluded that glyphosate is safe for use and does not cause cancer".

A hearty bowl of oatmeal is a healthy way to start your day, but according to a new study, that bowl of oatmeal can contain unsafe levels of glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical linked to cancer. However, EWG says the FDA has not released its findings.

Others retailers including Target, Walmart and Amazon declined to comment on the news, but all of them continue to sell the product on their websites. So what happens is that glyphosate being one of the most common pesticides out there is you have what's called drift - where the other farms are spraying their crops with glyphosate. 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.

A Kellogg's spokesman said: "Our food is safe". EWG's Faber is skeptical of EPA's glyphosate limits. "The EPA sets strict standards for safe levels of these agricultural residues and the ingredients we purchase from suppliers for our foods fall under these limits".

"We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products", Quaker Oats told Fortune in a statement.

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