Nearly two dozen popular children’s cereals and other snack products contain a cancer-causing chemical found in weed-killer, a new analysis reveals.
Several varieties of Cheerios — including Honey Nut, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Oat Crunch and Multi Grain — are included on the list of foods that contain “troubling” levels of glyphosate, the cancer-causing ingredient in the Bayer-Monsanto herbicide Roundup, the Environmental Working Group announced Wednesday.
Twenty-one oat-based cereal and snack products — also including several from the Nature Valley line — were sampled in a round of testing commissioned by the group, a new statement said.
All but four of them contained levels higher than what scientists consider safe for children, according to the report.
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The nonprofit organization has previously said that the level of the ingredient safe for kids is no more than 160 parts per billion (ppb).
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The highest level of glyphosate is found in Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch — at 833 ppb. The lowest is found in Nature Valley’s Dark Chocolate & Nut version of Fruit & Nut Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bar, with only 76 ppb.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer deemed glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Then in 2017, it was declared a “known carcinogen” by California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
“The only way to quickly remove this cancer-causing weedkiller from foods marketed to children is for companies like General Mills and Quaker to use oats from farmers who do not use glyphosate as a desiccant,” the working group said in its statement.