The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has found residues of glyphosate, the chemical contained in Roundup weedkiller, in a variety of oat products including plain and flavored oat cereals for babies.
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What’s the Problem?
October 3, 2016 – Data (PDF) presented by FDA chemists at a meeting in Florida showed residues of glyphosate in the following products:
Banana strawberry and other banana-flavored varieties of infant oat cereal
- “Cinnamon spice” instant oatmeal
- “Maple brown sugar” instant oatmeal
- “Peach and cream” instant oatmeal
- Other similar products
Glyphosate levels ranged from none found in several different oat products to 1.67 parts per million (PPM), according to the FDA.
Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world, and concerns about its presence in food products became widespread last year after the World Health Organization (WHO) classified the chemical as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Other scientists have raised concerns about how extensive glyphosate use is affecting human health and the environment.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains that glyphosate is “not likely” to cause cancer, and has established tolerance levels for the chemical in oats and other foods. The levels identified by the FDA in the above products fall within EPA’s guidelines, which for oats is 30 ppm. The U.S. typically allows far more glyphosate residue in food than other countries. In the European Union (EU), the tolerance for glyphosate in oats is 20 PPM.
Monsanto, which generates nearly one-third of its $15 billion annual revenues from glyphosate products, helped the EPA in setting tolerance levels for glyphosate, and in 2013 asked for and received higher tolerances for the chemical in a large number of foods. The company has developed genetically engineered (GMO) crops including corn, soybeans, canola and sugar beets that are designed to tolerate direct spraying with glyphosate.
In May, San Francisco resident Danielle Cooper filed a class action lawsuit (PDF) against Quaker Oats Co. after glyphosate was found in the company’s oat products, which are used by millions of consumers as cereal and for baking. Cooper said she expected the oats, which are labeled as “100% Natural,” to be free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
“Glyphosate is a dangerous substance, the presence and dangers of which should be disclosed,” the class action states.
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