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21 Popular Breakfast Cereals Contaminated With Cancer-Causing Weedkiller; Cheetos, General Mills Included

A recent report revealed that 21 of the most popular breakfast cereals tested positive for a cancer-causing herbicide used to harvest the main ingredients of the products.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a report last Wednesday which revealed that 21 popular breakfast bowls of cereal and other food items have tested positive for traces of a cancer-causing herbicide. Levels of the harmful component glyphosate in these products were higher than the recommended EWG standards considered safe for children consumption.

The tests conducted in July and October of last year found popular brands such as Cheerios, Nature Valley and Fiber One tested positive for the cancer-causing compound.

Prior to the release of the new report, the EWG also found last October that most of the popular brands were already contaminated with the main ingredient in the weed killer Roundup. In fact, the federal jury ordered the manufacturer Monsanto to compensate $2 billion to a couple who developed cancer due to their long-term exposure to the product, as per CNN. About 11,000 similar cases are under litigation in state and federal courts, as well.

Among the affected brands is General Mills. The company claimed that most of the crops that they grow in the field to create their products use pesticides which are commonly found in the majority of the foods most people eat. They have considered minimizing the use of the pesticides on the ingredients used in producing the foods they sell, but they continue to label their products as safe for consumption.

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is a World Health Organization initiative, glyphosate is probably a carcinogen to humans in 2015. Subsequently, in 2017, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazzard Assessment classified the component as a “known carcinogen.”

At present, the EWG’s petition to limit the residues allowed in oat products and prohibit the use of the harmful herbicide as a preharvest drying agent is currently under consideration by the EPA. It, however, may take years before the EPA may act upon the petition since the agency itself has been found to have colluded with Monsanto in labeling the chemical safe for consumption.

Moreover, EWG noted that the only way to keep food products safe for children consumption is for brands like General Mills and Quaker to source from farmers who do not use glyphosate in harvesting the raw ingredients used in their products.

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