A cancer-causing herbicide has been found in more than two dozen popular breakfast cereal and snack bars, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Health officials conducted a second round of tests and they discovered that "the active ingredient of Monsanto's Roundup was found in every sample of popular oat-based cereal and other oat-based food marketed to children," accord to EWG.
The active ingredient is glyphosate, and it is one of the most heavily used herbicides in the United States, according to "USA Today."
The two companies involved are Quaker and General Mills, and they say that there is no reason for concern. The reason they say this is because their products "meet the legal standards."
"Yet almost all of the samples tested by EWG had residues of glyphosate at levels higher than what EWG scientists consider protective of children’s health with an adequate margin of safety," EWG reports.
EWG ran tests on 28 samples, and all but two had levels of glyphosate above EWG's benchmark of 160 parts per billion (ppb).
“How many bowls of cereal and oatmeal have American kids eaten that came with a dose of weed killer? That’s a question only General Mills, PepsiCo and other food companies can answer,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “But if those companies would just switch to oats that aren’t sprayed with glyphosate, parents wouldn’t have to wonder if their kids’ breakfasts contained a chemical linked to cancer. Glyphosate and other cancer-causing chemicals simply don’t belong in children’s food, period.”
Be sure to check your pantries and inform your friends and family!