Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Some of Your Favorite Cereals May Contain Traces of Weed-Killing Chemical

Some of Your Favorite Cereals May Contain Traces of Weed-Killing Chemical

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.

Roundup, introduced in 1974 and based on a chemical called glyphosate, has always been controversial.

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the World Health Organisation's cancer agency, concluded that glyphosate was "probably carcinogenic to humans".

A study published in May by a team at the National Cancer Institute found no evidence linking glyphosate with cancer.

The trader also referred to a report published today in the German economic daily Wirtschaftswoche, according to which Monsanto is also threatened with other million penalties in the U.S. because of the weed killer Dicamba.

Lab tests conducted by the left-leaning Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit advocacy group that specializes in toxic chemicals and corporate accountability, indicated nearly three-fourths of the 45 food products tested detected high levels of glyphosate, which has been identified as a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization in 2015.

The chemical is a major part of Monsanto's business portfolio and extends far beyond consumer weedkiller products.

Plaintiff Dewayne Johnson's case was the first filed against Monsanto by a cancer patient to reach trial.

Faber said he's skeptical of EPA's glyphosate limits.

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Recently, some scientists, doctors and activists around the world have worked to keep glyphosate out of crops due to concerns that it is a unsafe carcinogen.

While the cereals used in the study exceeded the Environmental Working Group standard, none of them come close to surpassing the EPA standard.

The highest levels of glyphosate were detected in two samples of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, and the company was quick to defend themselves in a statement.

Just because a pesticide level is legal in food doesn't mean that level is safe.

Amarelo stated in an article released yesterday, "General Mills and Quaker Oats are relying on outdated safety standards used by a government agency that is notorious for neglecting new science on chemicals".

"Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels". In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled glyphosate a carcinogen in 1985, but reversed its position in 1991.

"I was shocked", said Dr. Jennifer Lowry, who heads the Council on Environmental Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He said developmental studies are still needed to show how glyphosate will effect children and infants later in life. "And essentially we're just throwing it at them". The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow as do farmers who grow crops including wheat and oats. Of those, only five of the products were discovered to have glyphosate, and at levels lower than the organization's benchmark.

On 7 June, Bayer sealed a $63-billion merger with Monsanto, creating an agrichemical juggernaut. Farmers in Arkansas and South Dakota have reportedly filed class action lawsuits in St. Louis.

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