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In the past ten years, glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide, has been linked to many severe health problems. Many of the products we consume daily contain high levels of glyphosate. 

Glyphosate exposure can be extremely dangerous, and eating food contaminated by this herbicide can cause many side effects.

If you have ever experienced health problems due to glyphosate, you may hire a recognized law firm like Schmidt & Clark, LLP, to represent you. 

Keep reading below to learn more about foods with high glyphosate percentages, side effects, average settlement, and more.  

Quick Summary

  • Most foods like carrots, soy products, wheat flour, and vegetable oil are high in glyphosate.
  • The Detox Project is the most reliable label when determining whether the product contains glyphosate.
  • All-organic diet is the best solution for reducing glyphosate dietary exposure.
  • Exposure to glyphosate in foods may lead to the development of different forms of cancer.

What Foods Contain High Levels of Glyphosate?

A woman holding a bowl of cereal with high levels of glyphosateFoods that contain high levels of glyphosate are carrots, almonds, soy products, quinoa, corn, corn oil, wheat flour, vegetable oil, beets and beet sugar, and sweet potatoes.

Glyphosate, a non-selective herbicide primarily used in agriculture for killing weeds and inhibiting plant growth, more often than not remains in the food we eat due to soil contamination.

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) report from 2018 reveals that glyphosate was found in 43 of 45 products made with grown oats [1].

In addition, more than 75% of products had glyphosate levels higher than 160 parts per billion, a daily level considered safe for children. 

Below, you can find the other foods with high glyphosate levels:

  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Cherries
  • Dates
  • Sorghum
  • Grapefruit
  • Pistachios
  • Lemons
  • Pears
  • Kiwifruit

Consuming some foods from the list may inhibit the shikimate pathway of beneficial bacteria in the human gut.

This can be dangerous because killing beneficial bacteria populations can adversely affect human health.

Related Article: Glyphosate Lawsuit Update

How Do You Know if Glyphosate Is in Your Food?

A woman looking for glyphosate in food labelsTo know if glyphosate is in your food, only consume foods labeled “Certified Organic.”

In addition, The Detox Project, an organization specializing in testing humans and food for toxic chemicals, recently launched the “Glyphosate Residue Free” label, but it is yet to be popularized.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information released a study showing that most foods contain pesticide residues, which can’t be washed off as herbicides like glyphosate penetrate the plant and fruit [2]. 

Having said that, natural products like vinegar, botanical oils, and herbicides like diquat, glufosinate, and pelargonic acid are the best alternatives to glyphosate [3].

How Do I Reduce Glyphosate in My Diet?

To reduce glyphosate in your diet, consider switching to an all-organic food diet. This type of diet will dramatically reduce glyphosate levels in your body in less than a week.

The study conducted by scientists with Friends of the Earth, an international network of environmental organizations, showed that diet is the most critical factor in glyphosate exposure. 

The study showed reduced AMPA and glyphosate exposure in just three days of switching to an all-organic diet [4].

Glyphosate-Free Foods

A woman eating glyphosate free cereal

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) report from 2018 reveals five products with no detectable glyphosate levels.

Those products are:

  • Kashi Heart to Heart Organic Honey Toasted cereal
  • Nature’s Path Organic Honey Almond Granola
  • 365 Organic Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Simple Truth Organic Instant Oatmeal, Original
  • Cascadian Farm Organic Harvest Berry, granola bar

If you prefer to eat food made with grown oats, then these five products from the EWG report are safest since no significant levels of glyphosate were detected.

Is Glyphosate Listed on Food Labels?

Yes, glyphosate is listed on food labels. The Glyphosate Residue Free label from Detox Project is the most important food label, as it ensures the product is 100% glyphosate-free [5].

In addition, The Detox Project offers a certification process for the product, food, and supplement businesses.

To this date, more than 1500 products are certified by more than 70 brands. Oatly, Chobani, and Once Upon a Farm are some of those brands.

Other labels that can be helpful to know if a particular food contains glyphosate are:

  • The Non-GMO Project Verified label
  • USDA Organic label
  • Certified Organic label

However, none of these labels is as accurate as the one from Detox Project because they use an FDA-registered food-testing lab.

This lab offers more transparency and provides assurance against glyphosate exposure.

Glyphosate Side Effects

A doctor explaining the side effects of glyphosate to a patient

Some of the ways to get in contact with glyphosate are by touching, swallowing, or inhaling the chemical [6].

Short-term side effects of glyphosate and pesticide residues are:

  • Skin irritation
  • Eye irritation
  • Throat/nose irritation
  • Burns in the throat/mouth
  • Increased saliva
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

The severity of side effects is based on how individuals were exposed to the chemical. Also, the duration of exposure plays a significant role too. 

Some of the more serious side effects are:

The primary reason glyphosate is bad for human health is its content of formulants. The most dangerous formulant is POEA, a petroleum-based oxidized molecule. 

In one of the studies, scientists concluded that exposing human cells to the components of glyphosate formulations is toxic and bad for human health [7].

Also, in the same study, scientists identified heavy metals such as chromium, arsenic, and cobalt, which are known to be toxic to humans and their endocrine system.

Related Article: Glyphosate Side Effects

Does Glyphosate Cause Cancer?

A doctor looking at a clipboardGlyphosate likely causes cancer. This is because exposing yourself to glyphosate-based herbicides or glyphosate residues increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The European Food Safety Authority agree that there is no sufficient evidence to support the claim that glyphosate residues cause cancer in humans.

Also, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) approved glyphosate use until 15 December 2022.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency released its findings in 2015, concluding that eating foods with current glyphosate percentages is safe [8].

Also, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency claims that glyphosate residues in our food don’t pose any health concerns.

However, The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer disagrees. 

In 2015, they stated that glyphosate is probably a human carcinogen.

In 2019, researchers from The University of Washington concluded that glyphosate toxicity increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by more than 40% [9].

What Product Has the Most Glyphosate?

The product that has the most glyphosate is Roundup QuickPro. It contains as much as 73.3% of glyphosate in the form of an ammonium salt.

Products with high glyphosate percentages are highly dangerous to humans [10].

This is especially problematic as glyphosate contamination is rampant, and the chemical can travel far when airborne. 

Furthermore, swallowing or eating food treated with products high in glyphosate, like Roundup QuickPro, may lead to severe side effects like non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or kidney cancer.

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Reason for the Recall

The main reason to initiate a glyphosate recall is that it is bad for human health and linked to cancer.

One of the most popular weed killers, Roundup, contains large percentages of glyphosate.

Roundup and glyphosate have been linked to cancer types such as:

Over a thousand glyphosate roundup lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, a German pharmaceutical and biotechnology company.

Lawsuits against Bayer tried to prove a connection between the exposure of Roundup and the development of the NHL. 

In addition, a large corpus of studies in the last 8 years has shown that high exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of developing different forms of cancer.

What Is the Burden of Proof During a Roundup Claim?

A lawyer searching the burden of proof during a roundup claimIf you are experiencing health problems because of the glyphosate in Roundup, you may have grounds for a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturing company.

Glyphosate may be responsible for your illness or a loved one’s death due to the failure to warn customers of a known risk.

To hold a Roundup company liable for your damages, you must gather sufficient evidence to prove three key elements:

  1. You will need to prove that the product you used contained a defect. This can be a defect in its makeup, design, manufacture, distribution, or marketing. Roundup might be dangerous if the company fails to place proper warnings on the product’s container. Therefore, any of the chemical’s potential effects must be visible.
  2. You must prove that the defective drug, in this case, Roundup, is the main cause of your injury or illness. Your attorney must establish a causal link between the defective medication and the health complication in question. Essentially, you must gather all documents that prove Roundup is the main cause of your illness.
  3. Finally, you must prove that you suffered damages from using Roundup. You must have proof of compensable damages related to the product, such as bills or wrongful death. Your attorney can inform you of the damages you may qualify for and help gather the necessary evidence to prove them.

Average Settlement

The average settlement for a glyphosate lawsuit is anywhere between $5,000 and $250,000 in compensation. 

However, every lawsuit is different. The severity of related illnesses heavily influences the compensation rate, and the extent of the exposure also plays a major factor.


What Breakfast Foods Contain Glyphosate?

Breakfast foods that contain glyphosate are granola bars, cereals, instant oats, and eggs.

Do Eggs Contain Glyphosate?

Yes, eggs contain glyphosate. However, only negligible levels of glyphosate are present because mammals don’t bioaccumulate glyphosate.

Do Potatoes Have Glyphosate?

Yes, potatoes have glyphosate. Glyphosate enters the potato through its leaves and then translocates to the growing points.

Is Glyphosate Destroyed by Cooking?

Glyphosate isn’t destroyed by cooking. Glyphosate residues can’t be washed off nor destroyed by extreme temperatures and cooking.

Do You Have a Roundup Claim?

The food we consume daily, like carrots, almonds, soy products, and corn, all contain high glyphosate levels.

There is a high chance of experiencing health issues and severe side effects from consuming food that has been affected by Roundup or glyphosate contamination. 

If you or a person you love has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukemia after exposure to Roundup, here is what to do:

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