According to independent laboratory tests commissioned by EWG, Glyphosate, an herbicide linked to cancer by California state scientists and the World Health Organization, was found in all but two of 45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats.
A new study has revealed that Quaker oats' and other breakfast cereals consumed by children in North American contain unsafe levels of glyphosate, a herbicide which has been described as a probable cause of cancer by the World Health Organisation. In 31 of those cases, levels were above the EWG's 160 parts per billion health benchmark.
How figured out the experts of the Environmental Working Group, children in the United States are fed cereals with toxic poison with glyphosate, which causes cancer, asthma and other risky diseases. Sehar Iqbal, the manager food for life campaign, Greenpeace India said, "The current ban leaves out monocrotophos and glyphosate, which still leaves farmers, farm workers and rural families (especially children) at risk and poisons the soil affecting farmer livelihoods, not to mention seriously compromising the health of consumers", she said. However the FDA has not yet released any official results.
EWG used its own more stringent standards to conclude that products with excessive levels of the herbicide included Quaker "Old Fashioned Oats," Cheerios, Quaker "Dinosaur Egg" Instant Oats, Great Value Instant Oats, and Back To Nature Classic Granola Clusters. Lowry says even organic products can contain pesticides.
"We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products".
The man said his daily exposure to large quantities of Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers while working as a school groundskeeper caused his illness.
We expect better from General Mills and Quaker Oats, and we will continue to urge consumers to express their preference with their pocketbooks. But several researchers have said the IARC's determination was bogus because there is no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer.
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While the cereals used in the study exceeded the Environmental Working Group standard, none of them come close to surpassing the EPA standard.
The World Health Organization says glyphosate is a "probable carcinogen", and California lists it as a chemical "known to the state to cause cancer". Farmers spray these crops with glyphosate right before harvest time, as they kill the crop and dry it out, making it ready for harvest quicker.
Johnson's landmark lawsuit was the first to go to trial alleging that glyphosate causes cancer.
The manufactures of the food products defended their safety procedures, pointing to regulatory limits that they say they meet.
"I would eat Cheerios before and after that announcement", Gould said. Once the oats are transported to us, we put them through our rigorous process that thoroughly cleanses them (de-hulled, cleaned, roasted and flaked).
"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 don't think it does enough in particular to protect children", Faber said.