Roundup Weed Killer Chemical Found in Cheerios and Quaker Oats, Researchers Say

Pesticide Used in Monsanto’s Roundup and Linked to Cancer Found in Breakfast Cereals

Some popular cereals, oats and snack bars sold on local supermarket shelves could be at risk of containing traces of the chemical found in Round Up. The previous version also didn't make it clear that the Environmental Working Group is an advocacy group and its findings have been challenged by scientists.

"Parents shouldn't worry about whether feeding their children healthy oat foods will also expose them to a chemical linked to cancer".

Other brands that tested positive for glyphosate included Kellog's Oat Bran, as well as granola and granola bars with oats.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, is the most widely used herbicide in the country due to the widespread adoption of GMOs. In 2017, California listed glyphosate in its Proposition 65 registry of chemicals known to cause cancer.

"Of EWG's study, Monsanto says "even at the highest level reported... an adult would have to eat 118 pounds of the food item every day for the rest of their life in order to reach the EPA's limit" for glyphosate residues". Still, there is much debate on whether glyphosate is actually unsafe, with some findings suggesting that it is only harmful to humans in high doses.

Last week, a jury at the Superior Court of California in San Francisco awarded $289 million in damages to a groundskeeper whose attorney argued that Roundup, a weed killer made by Monsanto, caused his terminal cancer. There is also a plan to intimate and petition the EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) to stop using glyphosate.

Almost three in four of the products exceeded what the EWG classes safe for children to consume.

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Monsanto disputes that, saying in a statement, "glyphosate does not cause cancer" and "has a more than 40-year history of safe use". And, of these 43 oat products, 31 had amounts of glyphosate that were far above the EWG's Health Benchmark of safe ingestion amounts. In 2016, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization found that the chemical was "unlikely" to pose a risk to humans through food. The study found that Quaker Oats Old Fashioned Oatmeal had the highest level of more than 1,000 parts per billion of the pesticide.

"In this large, prospective cohort study, no association was apparent between glyphosate and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overall", they wrote.

"While our products comply with all safety and regulatory requirements, we are happy to be part of the discussion and are interested in collaborating with industry peers, regulators and other interested parties on glyphosate", a Quaker spokesman said Wednesday. "The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow". Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal contained as much as 780 parts per billion in one sample.

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

EWG-which has received criticism for being too alarmist about toxic chemicals-thinks that even California's proposed limit is too high.

"The challenge here is that the story seems pretty clear: Glyphosate is bad, and it is in a lot of food products", says Tim Calkins, clinical professor of marketing at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

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