Weed killer in cereal? Maybe, but don't panic

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Faber said his team at the non-profit EWG had a lab test "45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats".

The Environmental Working Group said the levels of glyphosate it found in cereals were many times lower than the safe levels set by the EPA years ago, and even below the much more stringent levels set by California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

EWG reported that the highest level of glyphosate detected in an oat-based food was 1,000 ppb that was detected in two samples of Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats.

On 10 August, a California state jury ordered US-based Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to Dewayne Lee Johnson, a former groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District in the San Francisco Bay area, who has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

"We don't know a lot about the effects of glyphosate on children", said Lowry, "And essentially we're just kind of throwing it at them". However the FDA has not yet released any official results.

EWG determined Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats, Cheerios, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats, Great Value Instant Oats, and Back to Nature Classic Granola Clusters all had excessive levels of Glyphosate, according to its study.

In a statement to FOX Business regarding the report, a General Mills' spokesperson says, "Our products are safe and without questions they meet regulatory safety levels".

"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.

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The trader also referred to a report published today in the German economic daily Wirtschaftswoche, according to which Monsanto is also threatened with other million penalties in the usa because of the weed killer Dicamba.

Both Ms Simson and Mr Young said glyphosate formed a crucial part of Australian farmers' tool-kit to control invasive weeds in food crops.

Kellogg also responded, saying, "Our food is safe.(EPA) sets strict standards for safe levels of these agricultural residues and the ingredients we purchase from suppliers for our foods fall under these limits".

Now there's another popular food product that people need to be concerned about, according to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group.

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Glyphosate is classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization and was listed previous year as a chemical known to cause cancer by California.

"Australian farmers can continue to use glyphosate in accordance with the instructions of the label, knowing it is safe to do so". Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other regulatory authorities in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, Korea, and elsewhere routinely review all approved pesticide products and have consistently reaffirmed that glyphosate does not cause cancer.

Careful about giving your child Cheerios or Quaker Oats cereals. Once the oats are transported to us, we put them through our rigorous process that thoroughly cleanses them (de-hulled, cleaned, roasted and flaked).

"'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.

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