Popular breakfast foods contain aggressive weed killer
Favorite oat-based cereals and snack bars contained an ingredient used in weed killer, study finds.
Recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit advocacy group, released a new study about the oat-based cereals and snack bars made by General Mills and Quaker.
According to them, these products contained glyphosate, an active ingredient used in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.
The group stated it “detected glyphosate in all 28 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats. All but two of the 28 samples had levels of glyphosate above EWG's own health benchmark of 160 parts per billion, or ppb.”
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Ten samples of various types of General Mills' Cheerios and 18 samples of different Quaker brand products, including instant oatmeal, breakfast cereal, and snack bars were tested.
The lab discovered that the highest level of glyphosate was 2,837 ppb in Quaker Oatmeal Squares breakfast cereal.
It's extremely vital to take note of the levels of glyphosate found in the items were within acceptable limits, as dictated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, CBS News reported.
The EWG argued, saying, “But just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s safe."
“Federal government standards for pesticides in food are often outdated, not based on the best and most current science. The EPA’s standards for pesticides and other chemicals are also heavily influenced by lobbying from industry."
The results came after the results in August in which the EWG discovered glyphosate in "all but two of 45 samples of foods made with conventionally grown oats."
In 2015, The World Health Organization reported that the herbicide glyphosate, alongside insecticides malathion and diazinon, are most likely cancer-causing to people.
The organization added that there was “limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and prostate cancer" for malathion.
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