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

Image Credit Dr. Leonard Coldwell

Image Credit Dr. Leonard Coldwell

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.

On 10 August, a California state jury ordered US-based Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to Dewayne Lee Johnson, a former groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District in the San Francisco Bay area, who has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

An advocacy organization, the Environmental Working Group, said on Wednesday that it had found traces of the pesticide glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, in certain popular breakfast cereals.

However, the trial outcome does not mean that glyphosate - the active ingredient in Roundup - causes cancer. Producing healthy, wholesome food is Quaker's number one priority, and we've been doing that for more than 140 years.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has said glyphosate is a "probable" human carcinogen. WSU Professor Michael Skinner said there is enough evidence to show that the risk of harm from direct exposure to small amounts of glyphosate is low and safe.

The cereals specifically mentioned are Quaker Oats, Cheerios, Quaker dynasour egg, instant oats, great value instant oats and back to nature classic granola clusters.

Amarelo stated in an article released yesterday, "General Mills and Quaker Oats are relying on outdated safety standards used by a government agency that is notorious for neglecting new science on chemicals".

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This is against the prescribed safe levels of glyphosate spanning 0.1 to 310 parts per million on crops such as corn, soybeans, grains and some fruits, spanning. In response to the lawsuit, Partridge gave a statement to CNN.

"The draft human health risk assessment concludes that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans", the EPA said in a 2017 draft risk assessment for glyphosate. In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled glyphosate a carcinogen in 1985, but reversed its position in 1991. In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled glyphosate a carcinogen in 1985, but reversed its position in 1991.

The Guardian reports that some of the products found in the EWG study which contain the highest levels of glyphosate include popular brands such as Quaker, Kellogg's, and General Mills. Farmers spray these crops with glyphosate right before harvest time, as they kill the crop and dry it out, making it ready for harvest quicker.

Dr. Lowry heads the council on environmental health for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"Today's decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews - and conclusions by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world - support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr Johnson's cancer". "And essentially we're just throwing it at them".

During the latest court case, Monsanto attempted to counter plaintiff Johnson's claims that Roundup caused his cancer using extensive testimony from expert witnesses.

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