Study Finds Cheerios, Oats, Other Breakfast Foods May Contain Weed Killer

Doug Carpenter
August 19, 2018

The story has been corrected to state KIND does not have glyphosate in its products. He said the Environmental Working Group is an activist group. This has been corrected.

Glyphosate is the active chemical ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weed killer.

A number of popular breakfast cereals, granolas, oatmeal and snack bars could possibly contain a unsafe weed killer called glyphosate, produced by the Monsanto company, according to a report broadcast on New York's ABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News. So what happens is that glyphosate being one of the most common pesticides out there is you have what's called drift - where the other farms are spraying their crops with glyphosate.

But last week a jury in California ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who said Roundup caused his cancer.

"Glyphosate, a herbicide linked to cancer by California state scientists and the World Health Organization, was found in all but two of 45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats", the report states. -Alexis Temkin, EWGQuaker Simply Granola, Giant Instant Oatmeal, Quaker Dinosaur Eggs Instant Oatmeal, and Quaker Steel Cut Oats had some of the highest levels of the chemical. In response to the lawsuit, Partridge gave a statement to CNN.

EWG is not neutral on the issue and it actively campaigns against glyphosate, according to an NBC News investigation published Friday. Of note, the jury that found Monsanto guilty wasn't swayed by arguments that the EPA and other watchdogs found no health risks posed by glyphosphates. The team studied almost 45,000 people who had applied glyphosate as part of their jobs.

"In this large, prospective cohort study, no association was apparent between glyphosate and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overall", they wrote. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the European Union view Roundup as safe.

Amarelo also included, "Just because a pesticide level is legal in food doesn't mean that level is safe".

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"Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels". "But we very much doubt our petition will be acted upon by President Trump's lawless EPA". He has been working to improve food safety standards for more than a decade.

In a statement Quaker said: "We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products".

There are more than 5 000 similar plaintiffs across the US.

Both Ms Simson and Mr Young said glyphosate formed a crucial part of Australian farmers' tool-kit to control invasive weeds in food crops. Once the oats are transported to us, we put them through our rigorous process that thoroughly cleanses them (de-hulled, cleaned, roasted and flaked). Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other regulatory authorities in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, Korea, and elsewhere routinely review all approved pesticide products and have consistently reaffirmed that glyphosate does not cause cancer. That simple step will reduce or eliminate the contamination and ensure the safety of American families that consume their products.

More information on these findings can be found on EWG's website here.

Glyphosate is also increasingly used in India, especially on HT (herbicide tolerant) cotton crop as it kills the weeds, while allowing the resistant plants to grow.

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

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