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Roundup Chemical Linked to Cancer Found in Children's Cereals: Group

18 August 2018

Laboratory tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found oat cereals, oatmeal, granola, and snack bars contain traces of the herbicide glyphosate, an ingredient in the product RoundUp.

Even so, a 2015 decision by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer declared glyphosate, which prevents plants from photosynthesizing, a probable carcinogen.

Some of those products included Back to Nature Classic Granola, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats, Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, Lucky Charms, Quaker Steel Cut Oats and Kellog's Nutrigrain Strawberry Breakfast Bars, Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats 'n Honey, Great Value Original Instant Oatmeal.

In an interview with The Times on Wednesday, Scott Partridge, a vice president at Monsanto, said that hundreds of studies had validated the safety of glyphosate and that it doesn't cause cancer. It comes days after a California jury awarded a school groundskeeper more than $289 million in damages after claiming that Roundup gave him cancer.

"As this case proceeds, Bayer believes courts ultimately will find that Monsanto and glyphosate were not responsible for Mr. Johnson's illness", the company said.

"There are levels above what we could consider safe in very popular breakfast foods", said Alexis Temkin, Environmental Working Group's toxicologist who helped with the analysis in the report.

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250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on American crops every year, but the highest concentrations of the chemical are found in non-GMO wheat, barley, oats, and beans. The EWG calculated levels above 160 ppb as unsafe for children. In December the agency issued a "deeply flawed" analysis, one which relied heavily on industry studies, which claimedthat glyphosate is not harmful for humans. In 2017, California listed glyphosate in its Proposition 65 registry of chemicals known to cause cancer.

The EWG said the federal limits are outdated and that most of the products it tested exceed a more stringent definition of safe glyphosate levels. What's even shocking is that more than 200 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on crops in the USA each year.

Getty Images/Blend Images Oat-based cereals, including Cheerios, were found to contain glyphosate.

General Mills and Quaker Oats are relying on outdated safety standards used by a government agency that is notorious for neglecting new science on chemicals.

The Environmental Protection Agency has said for years that there's not much evidence that the pesticide can cause cancer in people. The chemical is commonly found in Roundup, a popular weed killer. "The 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".

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. But he added, "If it could be established what a risky level amounts to I think that's important".

Roundup Chemical Linked to Cancer Found in Children's Cereals: Group