Breakfast foods marketed to children contain cancer-causing weed killer, study says

Breakfast foods marketed to children contain cancer-causing weed killer, study says

Breakfast foods marketed to children contain cancer-causing weed killer, study says

"Simply stated, there is far too much glyphosate in their products for parents to feel comfortable feeding them to their kids".

A study of dozens of popular oat-based breakfast foods delivered sobering news this week when nearly all of the products examined by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) were found to contain the chemical glyphosate.

Specific products found to contain the herbicide include Quaker Dinosaur Eggs instant oatmeal, Lucky Charms cereal, Nature Valley Oats and Honey granola bars and Kellogg's Nutrigrain strawberry breakfast bars.

The man said his daily exposure to large quantities of Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers while working as a school groundskeeper caused his illness. Last week, Monsanto was ordered to pay US$289 million in damages in a lawsuit that linked its weedkiller and cancer.

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.

"In this large, prospective cohort study, no association was apparent between glyphosate and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overall", they wrote. "Quaker does not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process".

General Mills' popular Cheerios brand had the next highest with 530 parts per billion. The higher the level, the worse for your health.

For this study, EWG's scientists tested 29 products and found that nearly three-quarters of the samples contained higher levels of glyphosate than deemed safe.

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According to an Environmental Protection Agency, glyphosate "is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans".

But the EWG report takes issue with what are considered safe levels for human consumption. Monsanto also denies that its product causes cancer.

Monsanto Co's Roundup is shown for sale in Encinitas, California on June 26, 2017.

The New York Times reports that Scott Partridge, vice president at Monsanto, the company that developed the herbicide more than 40 years ago, called the Environmental Working Group an "activist group" that has an agenda. It's also used to dry grains and herbs before harvesting them.

Glyphosate is the pesticide found in Roundup. The company's Kind Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut Bar reported no glyphosate in the first test, but 120ppb in the second. On the organic side, just five products were discovered to have had Glyphosate and none of them reached the 160ppb benchmark. "And depending on weather patterns it could drift into their farms and get onto their foods", she said.

"This is what the poison control centers are here for, if there's ever any question of exposure or concern, we're a great free, public health entity", he says.

The EWG study released Wednesday shows 43 of 45 oat cereals and oat products that were tested contained traces of glyphosate. This is still within safe levels deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency, although it is now working on an updated assessment.

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