A cancer-linked herbicide has been found in just over two dozen popular General Mills and Quaker breakfast cereals and snack bars, according to a new report released Wednesday.
Detriot FreePress Reports: Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, was found in 26 of the 28 products the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested, in levels “higher than what EWG scientists consider protective of children’s health.”
An earlier report by the same organization found similar results and was previously reported by the Free Press.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, the most heavily used herbicide in the United States. Every year, according to the EWG, more than 250 million pounds of glyphosate is sprayed on American crops.
“The tests detected glyphosate in all 28 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats. All but two of the 28 samples had levels of glyphosate above EWG’s health benchmark,” the EWG said in the study.
Quaker and General Mills, however, conclude the products are safe and that there is no reason for concern.
“EWG report artificially creates a ‘safe level’ for glyphosate that is detached from those that have been established by responsible regulatory bodies in an effort to grab headlines,” Quaker said in a statement.
“I don’t think that people should become hysterical,” Dr. Sarah Evans, an assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told CNN. “But people need to be really aware of where their food is coming from and what’s getting into their foods.”
Glyphosate was found in these breakfast items
Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey & Almonds
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Cinnamon & Spice
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Apples & Cinnamon
Quaker Real Medleys Super Grains Banana Walnut
Quaker Overnight Oats Raisin Walnut & Honey Heaven
Quaker Overnight Oats Unsweetened with Chia Seeds
Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar
Quaker Oatmeal Squares Honey Nut
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
Very Berry Cheerios
Honey Nut Cheerios
Cheerios Oat Crunch Cinnamon
Quaker Chewy S’mores
Quaker Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Quaker Breakfast Squares Soft Baked Bars Peanut Butter
Quaker Breakfast Flats Crispy Snack Bars Cranberry Almond
Sources: Detriot Free Press/CNN