Chemical Used in Pesticide Roundup Found in Kids’ Cereals

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A key ingredient in weedkiller was found in a number of cereal and snack items — many marketed toward children.

A study sponsored by the Environmental Working Group found glyphosate, an ingredient in the pesticide Roundup, in 21 oat-based cereals and snacks, The Hill reported.

Glyphosate is a commercial pesticide commonly used on corn, soybean, and oat crops.

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied the link between the pesticide and cancer, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” in 2015. In 2017, California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment classified it as a known carcinogen.

Bayer-Monsanto, the producer of Roundup, has had more than 13,000 lawsuits filed against them. In May, a California court “awarded a couple $2 billion in damages after determining their cancer was caused by the weedkiller Roundup.”

The study found that Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch exhibited the highest level of glyphosate at 833 parts per billion (ppb). This far exceeded the EPA’s maximum level of 700 ppb.

The EPA has not offered a comment on the study’s findings and the Food and Drug Administration said that they did not “have any indication that these substances are a human health concern.”

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