Traces of Weed Killer Found in Oat Cereals, Granola, & More
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General Mills and Quaker oat cereals, oatmeal, granola, and other oat-based foods have tested positive for trace amounts of weed killer found in RoundUp, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by the Environmental Working Group. This second round of tests are followed by an initial testing that was conducted by the EWG back in August 2018.
According to the EWG, 26 of the 28 food items contained higher levels of RoundUp’s main ingredient, glyphosate, which may be linked to cancer. None of the foods actually violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s limits on the herbicide but had higher levels of glyphosate than what EWG scientists consider protective of children’s health.
The EWG uses a more conservative health benchmark than the EPA and says that “just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s safe.” However, according to Quaker and General Mills, there is no reason for concern because their products meet legal standards.
If you are concerned about glyphosate in your child’s breakfast foods, consider buying whole, all-natural foods, versus packaged/processed products. There is quite a selection at most grocery stores and all-natural grocers, like Whole Foods Market.