A key chemical used in controversial pesticide Roundup has been found in a number of name-brand cereals and granolas, a study out Wednesday found.
found in 21 oat-based cereal and snack items, many of which are marketed to children.
Testing results showed that amounts of glyphosate, a cancer-linked chemical, were found in Cheerios and Nature Valley products.
Glyphosate is a key ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup, a commonly used commercial pesticide. Since August, three courts have ruled against Bayer-Monsanto, the producer of the pesticide, the product lead to cancer in the instances of three plaintiffs. Most recently a California court in May awarded a couple of $ 2 billion in damages after the cancer was caused by the roundabout rounded.
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this month proposed new rules to help farmers target pesticide sprays on the intended pest, protect pollinators, and reduce the problem of becoming resistant to glyphosate. has denied the link between the pesticide and the cancer is still approved federally for commercial use.
"EPA has found no risk to public health from the current registered uses or glyphosate," Administrator Andrew Wheeler Andrew WheelerForms Republican EPA chiefs rip Trump administration for 'undermining of science' Forms Republican EPA chiefs rip Trump administration for 'undermining of scien ce 'Overnight Energy: Trump appoints Social Security watchdog to also oversee Interior | Critics question EPA guidance on pipelines | Battle over science roils EPA MORE said in an earlier statement.
Yet the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, in 2015 classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans." California's The pesticide is commonly used on corn, soybean and oat crops.
The Environmental Working Group study found the chemical on all of the 21 oat-based products it tested with Honey Nut Cherry's Medley Crunch exhibiting the highest level or glyphosate at 833 ppb, or parts per billion. In drinking water, EPA's maximum contaminant level for the chemical is 700 ppb.
The EPA did a return request for comment on the study's findings.
The results come a week after a ] leaked report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the agency found another cancer-linked chemical was showing up in milk, meat, produce and even store-made chocolate cakes sold in the US
Aspects of the study, presented last week at a scientific conference in Helsinki found the class of chemicals, abbreviated as PFAS, presented in a number of other food products. PFASs are often referred to as "forever chemicals" because of the time it takes them to break down.
The FDA later said they did not "have any indication that these substances are a human health concern. ”