EWG commissioned laboratory testing of 45 samples of food products containing conventionally grown oats.
The Environmental Protection Agency has calculated that 1-to-2-year old children are likely to have the highest exposure to glyphosate, at a level two times greater than California's No Significant Risk Level and 230 times EWG's health benchmark.
Roundup is the most popular weedkiller in the U.S., and last week a court in California ordered the company to pay $39 million in compensation and $250 million in punitive damages to a school groundskeeper who developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after years of using Roundup at work.
EWG is urging the EPA to review all evidence linking glyphosate to increased cancer risk.
Still, after weeks of testimony from several experts on both sides, a jury concluded that Monsanto's Roundup and Ranger Pro products presented a "substantial danger" to terminally ill 46-year-old Dewayne "Lee" Johnson, who became sick after using the spray for more than two years. Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal contained as much as 780 parts per billion in one sample.
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Feature Image: Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the weed killer Roundup and one of the most widely used herbicides in agriculture.
General Mills' popular Cheerios brand had the next highest with 530 parts per billion. Still, there is much debate on whether glyphosate is actually unsafe, with some findings suggesting that it is only harmful to humans in high doses. In 2017, California listed glyphosate in its Proposition 65 registry of chemicals known to cause cancer. Monsanto is being accused of hiding the dangers of its popular Roundup products.
Organic products had lower levels of glyphosate; and nearly two-thirds of the samples made with organically grown oats didn't have any detectable glyphosate at all.
A General Mills spokeswoman said: "Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels". Simple Truth Organic Instant Oatmeal, for instance, didn't have the chemical in its oats. The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow as do farmers who grow crops including wheat and oats. But there haven't yet been human studies of the health effects of glyphosate exposure in food, and though there have been studies of farmworkers and more studies in animals, there are relatively few studies overall. The higher the level, the worse for your health. "Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits and well within compliance of the safety standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Commission as safe for human consumption". Farmers often use glyphosate not only for killing weeds, but just before harvesting a crop, as a way to dry out the food so it can be harvested more quickly.
In light of the lawsuit and the World Health Organization's 2015 conclusion that the chemical is a "probable carcinogen", said EWG on Wednesday, "It is very troubling that cereals children like to eat contain glyphosate".