Weed-Killer Ingredient Found in Breakfast Foods
According to a report from the Environmental Working Group, dozens of popular breakfast foods – some of them marketed toward children – contain unsafe levels of a chemical known as glyphosate. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labeled glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. The IARC is a subsidiary of the World Health Organization.
The report stated that trace amounts of glyphosate were found in 31 of 45 products that were tested. According to the EWG, these amounts are higher than what is generally regarded as being safe for children to ingest.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the popular weed-killer Roundup. Plaintiffs in lawsuits against Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, claim that exposure to the product caused them to be diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer. In August 2018, a jury awarded nearly $300 million to a man who claimed he developed Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to Roundup.
Some of the products that, according to samples analyzed by the EWG, contain levels of glyphosate that are unsafe for children to consume are extremely popular cereals. These include Cheerios and Lucky Charms. Many of the products contain oats and/or granola.
You can find the complete list of products here.