The Environmental Working Group, an environmental research and advocacy organization, said on Wednesday that it has found traces of a controversial herbicide in Quaker Oats, Cheerios and other breakfast foods that it says could increase the risk of cancer in children.
A report from the Environmental Working Group on Wednesday said it found risky amounts of the herbicide glyphosate in a range of popular foods, from PepsiCo's Quaker Old Fashioned Oats to General Mills' Cheerios.
Despite the EWG's study and the recent lawsuit, Monsanto, the company that owns Roundup weed killer maintains that "glyphosate does not cause cancer" and "has a more than 40-year history of safe use, " a report stated.
Popular children items, including General Mills' Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, Lucky Charm's, Kellogg's Cracklin' Oat Bran and Quaker's Old Fashioned Oats, all had levels exceeding EWG's safety guidelines.
Last week, a California jury awarded a man $289 million after he alleged alleges that heavy contact with Roundup caused non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal contained as much as 780 parts per billion in one sample.
The agricultural giant pushed back on the EWG study, telling CBS News that the levels detected in the foods are significantly lower than what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers unsafe.
Quaker Foods, a major manufacturer of oat food products, stresses that any glyphosate found in oats is the result of farmers applying it pre-harvest.
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Monsanto has defended the product, saying that glyphosate does not cause cancer and is safe for human use.
What's high? Well, the EWG suggests kids shouldn't be exposed to more than 160 parts per billion per day (ppb). The agency's assessment found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label. The classification prompted a federal case in the USA and prompted California to declare glyphosate a chemical that is known to cause cancer.
What's more, about one-third of the 16 samples made with organically grown oats also had glyphosate, but at levels below EWG's benchmark.
Even organic oats can be contaminated if they sit next to fields where glyphosate is sprayed, or if they're processed on the same equipment as conventionally grown oats. But for the average person who uses it occasionally for yard work, are Roundup and other weed killers still safe to use?
The herbicide is the active ingredient in Roundup, meaning it's the most present of all the ingredients. "The government must take steps to protect our most vulnerable populations", said Alexis Temkin, Ph.D, a toxicologist at the organization.
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He went on to say that the standards set by the EPA "pose real health risks to Americans-particularly children, who are more sensitive to the effects of toxic chemicals than adults".