Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Chemical linked to cancer found in certain breakfast cereals

Chemical linked to cancer found in certain breakfast cereals

"We will petition the Environmental Protection Agency to do its job and end uses of glyphosate that resulted in the contamination we report today", said EWG President Ken Cook. This has been corrected.

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 risky levels of glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical linked to cancer.

Significant levels of the weedkilling chemical glyphosate have been found in an array of popular breakfast cereals, oats and snack bars marketed to United States children, a new study has found. However, the amounts of glyphosate found in the food is far below the allowable limits. In 2015, the EPA said that glyphosate has a low toxicity for people but could cause problems for some pets if they consume the chemical.

A week ago, Monsanto was ordered by a court to pay almost $300 million to a man who claims his terminal cancer was caused by exposure to Roundup. More than two-thirds of the samples returned levels of glyphosate above what EWG considers safe for children. The study found that Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oatmeal had the highest level of more than 1,000 parts per billion of the pesticide. (See those statements, as well as EWG's response, at the bottom of this article).

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.

"We don't think it does enough in particular to protect children", he said.

The following is a statement from the EWG Children Health Initiative.

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However, glyphosate has been identified as carcinogenic by the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer. In 43 of the 45 conventional cases, it detected glyphosate.

"Glyphosate does not belong in cereal".

"The important thing to do is to continue to use common sense, and not overreact that all commercially available products at your local hardware store are an imminent threat to public health", he says.

Information from NBC News was included in this report.

General Mills responded by saying, "Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels". 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.

Quaker Oats released a statement, "We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products". "We teach our junior doctors that the solution to pollution is dilution, and that using soap and water can minimize that concentration and remove the chemical immediately - it doesn't need to be more complicated than that". A full list of tested products and their glyphosate content is available as part of the study. Glyphosate is commonly used by farmers across the industry who apply it pre-harvest. "And essentially we're just throwing it at them". He called the Environmental Working Group an activist group. The EWG is a leader in spreading misinformation about pesticides, vaccines, and other topics. The new report has also seen wide circulation in the media, including a piece on CNN.

Glyphosate has been linked to cancer by California state scientists and the World Health Organization.

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