Weed killing poison found in popular cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars

Weed killing poison found in popular cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars

The story has been corrected to state KIND does not have glyphosate in its products.

The environmental research and advocacy group released the report on its website Wednesday, Aug. 15. This has been corrected.

If you or your children are eating Cheerios right now, there's a good chance that they're accompanied by a potentially harmful weed killer called Roundup. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for instance, has found that children between the ages of one and two have much higher exposure than older people. These new findings come days after a California jury awarded $289 million to a school groundskeeper who claimed Roundup gave him lymphoma.

Lower amounts of glyphosate were found in products made with organically grown oats.

The highest levels of glyphosate (1,300 parts per billion) were detected in Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, EWG noted.

But Cook said that General Mills and Quaker Oats are "relying on outdated safety standards". "No one wants to eat a weed killer for breakfast, and no one should have to do so", he added. Since then, federal regulators in the US have continued to maintain that it is unlikely to cause cancer.

"The draft human health risk assessment concludes that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans", the EPA said in a 2017 draft risk assessment for glyphosate.

However, the human health effects of glyphosate remain uncertain, because the product has additional chemical ingredients that, individually or combined, might be carcinogenic, among other reasons.

The EPA has denied that glyphosate may increase the risk of cancer. The team studied almost 45,000 people who had applied glyphosate as part of their jobs. The only alternatives to glyphosate are far "nastier" chemicals, or using diesel tractors to till fields, which creates a host of environmental problems, [Perrella] said.

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Kellogg also responded, saying, "Our food is safe.(EPA) sets strict standards for safe levels of these agricultural residues and the ingredients we purchase from suppliers for our foods fall under these limits".

Information from NBC News was included in this report.

In a statement to FOX Business, a Home Depot spokesperson said the company follows all regulatory guidelines regarding the sale of Roundup, and that they plan to continue to sell these products going forward. Farmers will spray the weed-killing chemical on crops, such as wheat, oats and lentils, before harvest.

"This is the most widely used pesticide in the country", said Bill Walker, Vice-President of the Environmental Working Group.

Quaker continually evaluates our product portfolio to ensure the highest quality and safety standards for our consumers.

Plenty of other companies got back to Ad Age with similar statements backing the safety of their products.

The Environmental Working Group commissioned independent laboratory tests for glyphosate, an herbicide linked to cancer, on more than a dozen brands of oat-based foods. The EWG is a leader in spreading misinformation about pesticides, vaccines, and other topics. The new report has also seen wide circulation in the media, including a piece on CNN.

Careful about giving your child Cheerios or Quaker Oats cereals.

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