Herbicide Found in Organic Cereals, Quaker Oats, Says Environmental Advocacy Group

An advocacy group reports it has discovered increased counts of weed killer in foods including breakfast cereals–causing concern among consumers, despite the fact that their findings are inside cutoff points set and regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Exactly how much, assuming any, of the herbicide levels are protected involves discussion. The Environmental Working Group’s standard for what’s worthy isn’t, by a long shot, the most reasonable measure.

The Environmental Working Group conducted a trial of mainstream breakfast items, including Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal and other breakfast cereals. During their research, they discovered low levels of glyphosate, a weed-killer, in each of the 28 tests it tried.

A representative for Quaker Oats insists that its items are safe for consumption and called the EWG study “invalid.”

Glyphosate is the main ingredient found in the weed-killer RoundUp and has been a center of discussion recently. The organization that makes RoundUp, Monsanto, says its examination demonstrates the safety of glyphosate. However, a recent California ruling ordered the organization to pay $289 million to a man who contended RoundUp caused his terminal Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Monsanto is still in the process of arbitrating that case. A judge maintained the initial decision this week yet lessened the sum the organization needs to pay to $78 million, as per the Associated Press.

EWG tried 45 tests of regular granola bars and grains and 16 all-natural, organic items in a similar test earlier this year. It said it discovered some measure of glyphosate in three-fourths of the items, with low amounts present even in five of the organic products.

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