Weed-killing chemical found in cereals, oat products, report says

Greg Lawrence
August 19, 2018

Now an organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has tested a list of popular breakfast foods and snack bars - and has found that many of them contain this risky chemical.

Additionally the EWG said 31 of the 45 samples it tested had glyphosate levels higher than what its scientists consider "protective of children's health".

More worrying was the fact that one particular type of oat, a sample of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, the herbicide measured at more than 1,000 parts per billion of glyphosate.

And last week, a jury awarded $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who claimed Roundup weed killer contributed to his terminal cancer.

How figured out the experts of the Environmental Working Group, children in the United States are fed cereals with toxic poison with glyphosate, which causes cancer, asthma and other unsafe diseases.

In April, internal emails obtained by the nonprofit US Right to Know revealed that the Food and Drug Administration has been testing food for glyphosate for two years and has found "a fair amount", but the FDA has not released its findings. However the FDA has not yet released any official results.

Johnson's case was the first to go to trial because doctors said he was near death.

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In a statement to FOX Business regarding the report, a General Mills' spokesperson says, "Our products are safe and without questions they meet regulatory safety levels". Our view is that the government standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency pose real health risks to Americans - particularly children, who are more sensitive to the effects of toxic chemicals than adults.

Glyphosate is also increasingly used in India, especially on HT (herbicide tolerant) cotton crop as it kills the weeds, while allowing the resistant plants to grow. "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.

Legal analysts say the jury's decision could bolster thousands of similar pending lawsuits involving a product once labeled a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization, and considered as such by the state of California.

She says since oats are an important part of a diet, people should not avoid eating the products based on the study. Most experts in the field agree saying there's very little evidence that glyphosate causes cancer or any other health problems. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other regulatory authorities in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, Korea, and elsewhere routinely review all approved pesticide products and have consistently reaffirmed that glyphosate does not cause cancer. "And essentially we're just throwing it at them". But in a swift rejoinder, the NFF said the U.S. court decision was "in blatant ignorance" of science.

The level considered safe to consume is 160 ppb.

Bayer shares registered yet another sharp decrease on Thursday (16 August), dropping as much as 6.5% in Frankfurt to hover near the 76 euros level as investors fear the German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant may face numerous litigations in the United States after its controversial merger with Monsanto.

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