Saw this posted on Facebook from our local news station, WTHR, and definitely though worthy of an Alert on Carefulparents.com.
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Popular cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars have unsafe doses of Roundup in them, according to an EWG study.
A new report found glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical linked to cancer, in a number of popular breakfast foods and cereals marketed to children.
According to the report, 31 out of 45 tested products had levels higher than what some scientists consider safe for children. Even some organic products had glyphosate in them, but the amounts were not found to be above safe levels.
Some brands that tested at dangerous levels of glyphosate are Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Cheerios, Quaker Simply Granola, Back to Nature Classic Granola, Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (Oats ‘n Honey), and Great Value Instant Oatmeal. To see the full list, click here.
The World Health Organization says glyphosate is a “probable carcinogen,” and California lists it as a chemical “known to the state to cause cancer.”
Glyphosate has been increasingly sprayed before harvest on wheat, barley, oats and beans that are not genetically engineered, according to the study. Glyphosate kills the crop, drying it out so that it can be harvested sooner.
Roundup, produced by Monsanto, is a common herbicide used on these harvests.
Monsanto disputed that claim stating glysophate “has a more than 40-year history of safe use.”
However, on Aug. 10, a jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a former school groundskeeper dying of cancer, saying the company’s popular Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease.
EWG has been pushing the Environmental Protection Agency to review the evidence linked to glyphosate and suggests the organization limit the use of the chemical on food and crops.