Glyphosate — the active ingredient contained in Roundup herbicide — has found its way into many common breakfast foods including bagels, cereals and eggs, according to a new report.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with any form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) after using or being exposed to Roundup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Monsanto and our lawyers can help.
Update: Nonprofits Sue General Mills Over Glyphosate in Nature Valley Granola Bars
August 25, 2016 – Three nonprofit organizations have filed a lawsuit against General Mills for allegedly misleading the public by labeling Nature Valley granola bars as “100% natural” when they actually contain glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide. The complaint was filed under the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act, and the plaintiffs include Moms Across America, Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association.
What’s the Problem?
April 20, 2016 – According to the report, which was issued by the Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA), testing procured from Microbe Inotech Laboratories in St. Louis found detectable levels of glyphosate — a chemical that the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified as carcinogenic (cancer-causing) — in 10 out of 24 breakfast food items including oatmeal, bagels and coffee creamer. “Americans are consuming glyphosate in common foods on a daily basis,” ANH said.
Notably, some of the highest levels of glyphosate were detected in organic foods such as eggs which are advertised as being “organic, cage-free, antibiotic-free;” and in organic bagels and bread. Indeed, the organic cage-free eggs contained more glyphosate than health authorities allow, ANH said. The agency also tested flour, corn flakes, instant oatmeal, yogurt, frozen hash browns and coffee creamers.
ANH said the test results indicate that glyphosate is entering the food supply in a number of ways, including being sprayed on crops like wheat to help speed the crop to harvest, and through genetically engineered livestock feed that builds up in poultry and other farm animals.
The agency acknowledged that most samples which detected glyphosate residue were at levels under what American health officials classify as “allowable daily intake.” However, ANH also noted that what is considered safe in the U.S. is far higher than that allowed by the European Union (EU), and that some critics believe commercial formulations of glyphosate-containing weed killers are more toxic than the chemical alone.
“The fact that it is showing up in foods like eggs and coffee creamer, which don’t directly contact the herbicide, shows that it’s being passed on by animals who ingest it in their feed,” said Gretchen DuBeau, executive and legal director of ANH-USA. “This is contrary to everything that regulators and industry scientists have been telling the public.”
Questions have been increasingly raised about the safety of glyphosate and its prevalence in the food supply over the past several years. Public interest is at an all-time high a year after the chemical was classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Both the EU and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are currently assessing future uses of glyphosate, and the U.S. Senate is considering proposals to label foods made with genetically-engineered (GMO) ingredients.
Do I Have a Roundup Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Roundup lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed any form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) after using or being exposed to Roundup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.