Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

New study finds glyphosate in kids' cereals and snack bars

New study finds glyphosate in kids' cereals and snack bars

Weed killer, it's what's for breakfast!

High levels of glyphosate, a chemical found in a popular weedkiller, have been found in cereals and snack foods marketed to children in the US, according to a new report.

To add some more confusion to the fire, the National Institute of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency both recently stated that the weed-killing poison was not likely to cause cancer in humans. You can read the full results here. Of the 45 items made with conventionally grown oats, 43 tested positive, with 31 above the organization's threshold for safety. To reach the level of maximum level exposure, the group says one would only need to consume a 60 gram serving of food with a glyphosate level of 160 parts per billion (ppb).

Although the potential health effects of glyphosate are hotly debated, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said it would consider the EWG's findings.

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EWG-which has received criticism for being too alarmist about toxic chemicals-thinks that even California's proposed limit is too high.

In fact, Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, which is one of the healthiest foods on the list of breakfast foods from the research, had the highest level of the weedkiller, according to Quartz. Three Cheerios samples had levels ranging from 470ppb to 530ppb. Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and Barbara's Multigrain Spoonfuls were also found to contain significant amounts.

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

Despite the complaints filed against the company, Monsanto still argued that the EPA had consistently supported the safe and effective use of glyphosate.

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"Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any regulatory limits and well within compliance of the safety standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as safe for human consumption".

Nature Valley's Granola Protein Oats 'n Honey had 220ppb and 170ppb in its two tests, respectively. But what if our go-to breakfasts like granola bars, cereals, and instant oats are actually risky for us?

Thankfully, organic oats scored better - as one might expect. The same was true for Kashi's Heart to Heart Organic Honey Toasted cereal. Glyphosate is commonly used by farmers across the industry who apply it pre-harvest.

Glyphosate has always been a major concern for health advocates. Past research has claimed the herbicide causes cancer and the World Health Organization has labeled it a "probable carcinogen". It keeps us stay awake and energetic throughout the day. Despite the benefits they often have, pesticides have no place in people. The lowest level, 10 parts per billion, came from a sample of Whole Foods conventional rolled oats scooped from a bulk bin. "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. Their daily glyphosate intake is estimated at 230 times the 160ppb benchmark, according to EWG.

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Quaker responded to the news in a statement to Fortune.

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