Unhealthy levels of chemicals present in cereals, report says

Unhealthy levels of chemicals present in cereals, report says

Some products were found to have no detectable glyphosate or low levels, but the vast majority of those tested did have some.

"This case brings up the question of how much protection do we need for Roundup and we're simply not sure, which is a big problem", he says. The poisonous chemical may sound familiar since it's the active ingredient in Roundup, the herbicide whose health risks Monsanto intentionally concealed from the public.

"More than 800 scientific studies, the US EPA, the National Institutes of Health and regulators around the world have concluded that glyphosate is safe for use and does not cause cancer", Partridge said.

The EWG report comes days after a California jury awarded almost $300 million to a man who claimed Roundup gave him lymphoma.

The tests were commissioned by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group after internal FDA emails surfaced a year ago showing chemists at the agency were testing wheat, corn, and oat foods for glyphosate and had found "a fair amount in all of them", but had not yet released those results to the public. They did a lab test involving "45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats", he said, CBS News reported. Nearly three-fourths of those samples had glyphosate levels higher than what EWG scientists consider protective of children's health with an adequate margin of safety. The chemical is commonly found in Roundup, a popular weed killer.

EWG is working to get companies like General Mills, Quaker and Kelloggs to take glyphosate out of their products.

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While oats are an affordable and easy food that have been linked to all kinds of health benefits, clearly eating herbicides is not so great.

An F.D.A. spokesman has said more recent samples are still under review, and that it would consider the Environmental Working Group's findings.

Cheerios is a staple in many households, but parents may want to think twice about pouring a bowl of those tasty oats as it may contain traces of a controversial weed-killer that has been linked to cancer, according to new research published Wednesday.

Thankfully, organic oats scored better - as one might expect. About one-third of 16 samples made with organically grown oats also had glyphosate, all at levels well below EWG's health benchmark. It is believed that organic foods may be victim to Roundup drift from nearby farms, or may become cross-contaminated during processing. "We're saying a pesticide like this which has the ability to increase the risk of cancer has no place in food an particularly not foods that are marketed to children", said Walker. 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.

The groundskeeper's lawyers said he developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after using the weedkiller during his job. "But we very much doubt our petition will be acted upon by President Trump's lawless EPA". As Cook points out, "It's up to consumers to call on companies to rid their products of glyphosate".

Unfortunately, some of the results were not what you might hope. "It is for this reason that Nature's Path recently purchased more than 5,500 acres of pristine farmland to safeguard our own organic oat production". From now on, it's organic or bust.

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