Study finds glyphosate in most oat food products

Pearl Mccarthy
August 18, 2018

An environmental study group found that there were harmful levels of a weed-killer in children's cereals as well as oats, according to anindependent laboratory report.

The findings come from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. After conducting analyses of common oat- and wheat-based food products, like Cheerios and Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, the group found glyphosate was present in all but two of 45 samples. While organic foods should by definition be free of chemicals like glyphosate, these chemicals can often drift onto these crops from nearby fields of conventionally-grown crops, or at factories that handle both kinds of crop. This is still within safe levels deemed by the Environmental Protection Agency, although it is now working on an updated assessment.

According to EWG, glyphosate is an especially concerning problem for children.

Dr. Bassett advises doing anything possible to limit skin exposure when using weed killers, such as wearing long sleeves and trousers, and gloves.

"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. But what if our go-to breakfasts like granola bars, cereals, and instant oats are actually unsafe for us? "The government must take steps to protect our most vulnerable populations".

Glyphosate was the chemical center of a lawsuit this week resulting in a California jury ordering a company to pay $289 million in damages to a man after he claimed the company's weed killers caused his terminal 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.

Some consumers say they are concerned.

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The World Health Organization says glyphosate is a "probable carcinogen", and California lists it as a chemical "known to the state to cause cancer".

In April, internal emails obtained from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showed that scientists have found glyphosate on a wide range of commonly consumed food, to the point that they were finding it hard to identify a food without the chemical on it. However, EWG says the FDA has not released its findings.

Apple, iPhone, and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries. So what happens is that glyphosate being one of the most common pesticides out there is you have what's called drift - where the other farms are spraying their crops with glyphosate. It's also used to dry grains and herbs before harvesting them.

If you like living on the wild side don't throw out your Quaker Oats just yet, a spokesperson for General Mills in a statement to Fox Business said, "Our products are safe and without questions, they meet regulatory safety levels".

According to EWG, farmers in the USA are increasingly spraying glyphosate on oats and other non-GMO crops, because the herbicide dries the plants out and allows them to be harvested sooner. EWG's Faber is skeptical of EPA's glyphosate limits.

"We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products", the company replied in a statement.

Oat-based foods are a healthy source of fiber and nutrients for children and adults, and oat consumption is linked to health benefits such as lowered cholesterol and decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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