Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Local nutritionist reacts to report of weed killer in breakfast foods

Local nutritionist reacts to report of weed killer in breakfast foods

Now an organization called the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has tested a list of popular breakfast foods and snack bars - and has found that many of them contain this unsafe chemical.

The levels of the herbicide found in nearly three-fourths of those samples were higher than what EWG scientists considered safe for children to consume.

The Environmental Working Group says it has studied 45 samples of products made with oats and found glyphosate in all but 2.

Monsanto was recently ordered to pay $289 million damages to Dewayne Johnson who claimed the products caused his cancer. However the FDA has not yet released any official results. Some of those products included Back to Nature Classic Granola, Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats 'n Honey, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats, Great Value Original Instant Oatmeal, Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, Lucky Charms, Quaker Steel Cut Oats and Kellog's Nutrigrain Strawberry Breakfast Bars.

The company faces more trials involving other plaintiffs. Lowry says even organic products can contain pesticides.

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

"I was shocked", said Dr. Jennifer Lowry, who heads the Council on Environmental Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a toxicologist at Children's Mercy Kansas City. The history of this extremely carcinogenic substances used for weed control starts with the Vietnam war when Monsanto first developed Agent Orange, which was used for the complete destruction of vegetation and crops. The team studied almost 45,000 people who had applied glyphosate as part of their jobs. But several researchers have said the IARC's determination was bogus because there is no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer.

The World Health Organization calls glyphosate a probable carcinogen.

It is especially disappointing because these two multi-billion dollar companies can take the simple step of telling their oat farmers to stop using glyphosate as a harvest-time desiccant on their crops.

She says since oats are an important part of a diet, people should not avoid eating the products based on the study.

Out of 61 food samples tested, 48 had some glyphosate in them.

While the cereals used in the study exceeded the Environmental Working Group standard, none of them come close to surpassing the EPA standard. "And essentially we're just throwing it at them".

"Today's decision does not change the fact that more than 800 scientific studies and reviews - and conclusions by the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US National Institutes of Health and regulatory authorities around the world - support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer, and did not cause Mr Johnson's cancer".

"'We live in such a pollutant-rich, you know, pathogen-rich environment, that I don't think it makes any sense to worry about trace elements of this or that", said Ron Fielder of Oakland.

Bayer shares registered yet another sharp decrease on Thursday (16 August), dropping as much as 6.5% in Frankfurt to hover near the 76 euros level as investors fear the German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant may face numerous litigations in the U.S. after its controversial merger with Monsanto.

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