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


The study by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG) discovered trace amounts of the most widely used herbicide in the country in oats, granolas and snack bars. But given the direction that environmental legislation has been going since, say, January of 2017, the best bet may be to look towards the companies that use these ingredients rather than the government.

A leading research group claims harmful levels of a weed killer linked to cancer are showing up in foods and cereals marketed to children.

Some of the cereals include Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal and Kellogg's Cracklin' Oat Bran oat cereal. Documents introduced in the California trial showed how the agency and Monsanto worked together to promote the claim that the chemical is safe.

Monsanto has denied a link between the active ingredient in Roundup - glyphosate - and cancer, saying hundreds of studies have established that glyphosate is safe. The agency's assessment found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label.

The findings follow a landmark decision in a San Francisco court last week to order that Monsanto pay $289m in damages to Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old former groundskeeper.

Faber said he's skeptical of EPA's glyphosate limits. Still, about 30 percent of the samples tested of foods made with organically grown oats also had glyphosate - though all at levels below EWG's health benchmark.

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

The highest levels were found in Quaker Old Fashioned Oats - 1,000 parts per billion (ppb) of glyphosate.

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Dr. Jennifer Lowry, Chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health tells KTVU it is not uncommon to find pesticides in our food.

"We don't think it does enough in particular to protect children", he said.

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

Quaker Oats continues to "proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products", a spokesman said. "Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits and well within compliance of the safety standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Commission as safe for human consumption". Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal contained as much as 780 parts per billion in one sample.

Although the potential health effects of glyphosate are hotly debated, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it would consider the EWG's findings.

"This is what the poison control centers are here for, if there's ever any question of exposure or concern, we're a great free, public health entity", he says.

Bayer shares registered yet another sharp decrease on Thursday (16 August), dropping as much as 6.5% in Frankfurt to hover near the 76 euros level as investors fear the German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant may face numerous litigations in the U.S. after its controversial merger with Monsanto.

General Mills says its products are safe and meet safety regulations.