Just days after a San Francisco jury awarded $289 million to a man sickened by the chemical in RoundUp weedkiller, a non-profit group has found that same chemical in several popular breakfast foods and cereals, including some marketed to children. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), trace amounts of glyphosate were found in oats, snack bars, granolas, and cereals: in more than two-thirds of those tested, the levels of the chemical exceeded levels considered safe for children.
The use of RoundUp weedkiller on food sources has long been a concern for health experts, and the results of this study have confirmed some of their worst fears. According to EWG’s vice president of government affairs, Scott Faber, the group’s scientists tested “45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats.” Glyphosate was found in all but two, with 31 testing above safe levels for children. Dr. Jennifer Lowry, head of the Council on Environmental Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics, said, “We don’t know a lot about the effects of glyphosate on children, and essentially we’re just throwing it at them.”
Popular Cereal Among Those Contaminated With RoundUp
The breakfast products found to contain excessive levels of Roundup’s main chemical included Cheerios, Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats, and Back to Nature Classic Granola. Some of the organic products that were tested also contained the chemical, though the levels were so low as to be considered non-detectable.
"We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products. Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits of the safety standards set by the EPA and the European Commission as safe for human consumption"
Monsanto manufactures RoundUp, and the agricultural giant has denied any connection between its product and any form of cancer, but the World Health Organization has identified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen.” The first lawsuit filed against the company accusing RoundUp of causing cancer was resolved last week, with a San Francisco jury awarding a 46-year-old man with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma $289 million in damages.
One of the cereal manufacturers, Quaker, stated the study’s results, saying,
“We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products. Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits of the safety standards set by the EPA and the European Commission as safe for human consumption.” Cheerios’ manufacturer General Mills said, “Our products are safe, and without question, they meet regulatory safety levels. The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow.”