Well, this is disturbing. A recent study found a widely-used weed killer in many oat-based breakfast cereals and snacks - including Honey Nut Cheerios and Lucky Charms.

Several popular breakfast cereal, instant oats, and granola bars were tested and found to contain unsafe levels of glyphosate, the main ingredient in the weed killer RoundUp. The testing was commissioned by the consumer advocate Environmental Working Group.

According to EWG, "last week, a California jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million in damages to a man dying of cancer, which he says was caused by his repeated exposure to large quantities of Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers while working as a school groundskeeper."

Courtesy EWG.org
Courtesy EWG.org

EWG also asserts the FDA know more than it's letting on about the contamination: "EWG tested more than a dozen brands of oat-based foods to give Americans information about dietary exposures that government regulators are keeping secret. In April, internal emails obtained by the nonprofit US Right to Know revealed that the Food and Drug Administration has been testing food for glyphosate for two years and has found “a fair amount,” but the FDA has not released its findings."

New York State Senator Chuck Schumer is now calling on the Food and Drug Administration to release test results he says they may have regarding the presence of the carcinogen in the popular oat cereals and granola.

The worst offenders were Quaker oat products, which regularly clocked in at 400 or more glyphosate parts per billion — meaning they would be dangerous for children if even 27.5 grams were consumed daily. A single packet of Quaker's dinosaur eggs instant oatmeal contains more than three times EWG's daily safe limit for children, as reported by the Democrat and Chronicle.


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