New reports are showing a weed-killing chemical called Glyphosate, is showing up in popular Children’s cereals in large amounts unsafe for consumption. The non-profit organization, Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted the study and found traces of the chemical in oats, granola and cereal bars.
Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at EWG and his team tested 45 samples of product and found traces of glyphosate – the active ingredient in the Monsanto weed-killer Roundup. For the past 10 years Faber has been working too improve the food safety standards and is alarmed by his findings.
Some of the products reported by EWG to contain the chemical are Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, Cheerios, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats, Great Value Instant Oats, and Back to Nature Classic Granola.
While the World Health Organization says glyphosate is a “probable carcinogen, Monsanto disputes it is harmful and “does not cause cancer.” But just last week in California Monsanto, by order of the jury, had to pay out $289 million to one man after he claimed the company’s weed killers caused him cancer.
Quaker has responded with a statement and said “We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products. Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits of the safety standards set by the EPA and the European Commission as safe for human consumption.” CBS News reports General Mills says “Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels. The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow.”.
So pretty much yes there is a cancer causing chemical in your cereal but they didn’t put that much to kill you right away! Time to scratch cereal off the grocery list!