Weed Killer Chemical Found In Popular Oat Products, New Report Says

New study finds glyphosate in kids' cereals and snack bars

A new report by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) finds that glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical that some health authorities believe can cause cancer, is in several popular breakfast foods and cereals marketed to children.

Last week, a jury at the Superior Court of California in San Francisco ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a groundskeeper who is dying from cancer. A scary-sounding report published by an environmental group shortly after the trial found traces of the chemical in dozens of everyday foods, from cereal to granola bars.

We are deeply disappointed by the tone-deaf response of General Mills and the Quaker Oats Company to the news that EWG research has found a toxic weed killer in their products at levels of concern to human health-especially the health of kids. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) both recently reaffirmed glyphosate does not cause cancer. "At this point I don't know that we know to what extent or how much anybody would have to eat in order to have harm occur".

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has said glyphosate is a "probable" human carcinogen.

In a statement, it said the company was sympathetic to former grounds keeper Mr Johnson and his family, but glyphosate was a "safe tool for farmers and others". The use of glyphosate on base crops means it gets transferred in the food chain and lands up on our table in the form of bread, popcorn, oat flakes, etc. Some of those products included Back to Nature Classic Granola, Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats 'n Honey, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats, Great Value Original Instant Oatmeal, Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, Lucky Charms, Quaker Steel Cut Oats and Kellog's Nutrigrain Strawberry Breakfast Bars.

General Mills and Quaker Oats are relying on outdated safety standards used by a government agency that is notorious for neglecting new science on chemicals.

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The German company, which owns controversial agricultural company Monsanto, says herbicides containing glyphosate are safe.

CHARLES: What I find most interesting is the fact that the jury did not believe or give credibility to the sort of the official institutions that are responsible for evaluating safety of a chemical. He said developmental studies are still needed to show how glyphosate will effect children and infants later in life.

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Dr. Jennifer Lowry, Chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health tells KTVU it is not uncommon to find pesticides in our food. "Through the use of glyphosate, farmers are able to practise minimum tillage - protecting soil structure and nutrients and ultimately increasing the storage of soil carbon", she said.

The lawsuit is just the first part of what could be a decades-long legal fight over glyphosate. "And essentially we're just throwing it at them".

Monsanto has denied a link between the active ingredient in Roundup - glyphosate - and cancer, saying hundreds of studies have established that glyphosate is safe.

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