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

Weed killer in your cereal? Maybe, but don't panic

Weed killer in your cereal? Maybe, but don't panic

A number of popular breakfast cereals, granolas, oatmeal and snack bars could possibly contain a risky weed killer called glyphosate, produced by the Monsanto company, according to a report broadcast on New York's ABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News.

Australia's peak farm advocacy group has condemned the ruling, in which a Californian jury found the glyphosate in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer contributed to a former school gardener developing terminal cancer at age 42, in 2014. They found glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto weed-killer RoundUp, in all but two samples. They pointed out that the evidence definitively linking the glyphosate in Roundup to cancer is scant.

Glyphosate is classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization and was listed past year as a chemical known to cause cancer by California. Glyphosate has a more than 40-year history of safe use. EWG's Faber is skeptical of EPA's glyphosate limits.

Back to Nature Banana Walnut Granola Clusters, Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, and Quaker Old Fashioned Oats were among the products that contained the highest levels of glyphosate, according to the EWG. General Mills, Quaker's and Monsanto's issued statements disputing the report's findings after its release.

Out of 61 food samples tested, 48 had some glyphosate in them.

But makers of the foods EWG tested said they and their suppliers operate within US government safety guidelines and dismissed the group's findings as irrelevant.

CHARLES: What I find most interesting is the fact that the jury did not believe or give credibility to the sort of the official institutions that are responsible for evaluating safety of a chemical. "But we very much doubt our petition will be acted upon by President Trump's lawless EPA".

"We don't know a lot about the effects of glyphosate on children", Lowry said. Greenpeace urged the Australian government to start restricting the sale of Roundup - which is widely available in supermarkets and hardware stores - after a Californian court found it caused the cancer of a terminally ill man.

"Australian farmers can continue to use glyphosate in accordance with the instructions of the label, knowing it is safe to do so".

The lawsuit is just the first part of what could be a decades-long legal fight over glyphosate.

"I was shocked", said Dr. Jennifer Lowry, who heads the Council on Environmental Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a toxicologist at Children's Mercy Kansas City. Scientists point out that even organic oats corn and soy can all be contaminated if they sit next to fields where glyphosate is sprayed or if they are processed on the same equipment as conventionally grown oats.

"Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any regulatory limits and well within compliance of the safety standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as safe for human consumption". "And essentially we're just throwing it at them".

There were even a few organic products found to have glyphosate, although most had non-detectable levels.

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