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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) associated the active ingredients in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer with cancer. The company has settled over 100,000 lawsuits worth over $10 billion and is currently facing 30,000 lawsuits while still denying it causes cancer .
Roundup manufacturers continually fail to address health concerns despite the fact the chemical is found in one of the most common breakfast foods.
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- Glyphosate is a herbicide that is commonly used as a pre-harvest treatment for oats and wheat.
- Glyphosate is used extensively in agriculture and has been detected in a variety of food items, including cereals.
- Several studies and authorities believe that exposure to glyphosate can cause non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), leukemia, and B-cell lymphoma.
- Purchasing organic food is recommended to lower the likelihood of glyphosate exposure.
What Is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is a synthetic compound used to kill broadleaf weeds and grasses by blocking amino acids, which are crucial for plant growth. It is the main active ingredient in Roundup, one of the most popular weed killers in the world.
Glyphosate exposure can occur through skin contact, inhalation, or ingestion and can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Inhalation of glyphosate can also cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea .
Unfortunately, glyphosate is classified as a ‘probable human carcinogen’ by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO).
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Why Is Glyphosate in Cereals?
Glyphosate is in cereals as a result of its use during the harvesting process. When used as a pre-harvest treatment, glyphosate helps to dry out the oats so that they can be more easily harvested .
Glyphosate is also used to control weeds and other unwanted vegetation in fields where oats are grown. In organic farming operations, glyphosate may be used as an alternative to synthetic herbicides .
When used in this way, it can help to promote healthy plant growth and prevent the spread of harmful pests and diseases. As a result, organic farmers often rely on glyphosate to produce high-quality crops.
Several popular types of breakfast cereals contain glyphosate levels higher than what the Environmental Working Group (EWG) considers safe for children’s health .
Which Cereal Contains the Most Glyphosate?
The Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch is the cereal with the highest glyphosate levels. It contains 833 parts per billion (ppb) of this chemical.
It is important to note that the maximum dose considered safe by the Environmental Working Group is 160 ppb .
Having that in mind, Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios also contain a very high level of glyphosate (729 ppb and 400 ppb consecutively).
In addition, according to a test run by EWG, Monsanto’s weedkiller still contaminates foods marketed to kids; Nature Valley Crunchy granola bars contain glyphosate levels above EWG’s health benchmark .
How to Avoid Glyphosate in Cereals?
To avoid glyphosate in cereals, you might want to buy organic cereals since organic farmers are not allowed to use pesticides on their crops.
You can also look for products that are certified glyphosate-free by third-party organizations like the Detox Project.
In addition, you can minimize your exposure to this controversial herbicide by cooking organic foods more often at home since glyphosate is typically used on processed foods.
Did the FDA Recall Cereals Containing Glyphosate?
No, the FDA didn’t recall cereals containing glyphosate. They have been testing cereals for glyphosate for several years and have not found levels of the herbicide that would pose a health concern.
In the fiscal year 2016, the FDA developed a streamlined selective residue method (SRM) for testing for glyphosate residues. They test cereals for glyphosate and will take action if levels of the herbicide become a concern for public human health .
It is worth noting that a dozen countries have banned or restricted the sale of glyphosate, but it is still legal in most parts of the United States.
Does Glyphosate Cause Cancer?
The debate on whether glyphosate causes cancer is ongoing, and more research is necessary to undoubtedly prove its correlation with this disease.
A study revealed that glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs) increase the non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) risk by 41% .
Moreover, the IARC has classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen,” but this classification is based on limited evidence.
Due to the potential cancer risk and negative health effects, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics has released a statement calling for an end to the use of glyphosate globally .
Additionally, in 2017, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) listed glyphosate as a substance that causes cancer .
Therefore, all California manufacturers and distributors of glyphosate-containing products are held liable for warning consumers about possible exposures to this cancer-causing chemical .
“There is a lot of controversy over the health effects of glyphosate, including whether there is an increased risk of cancer from glyphosate exposure. There is a mix of scientific evidence, although some studies have found a link between glyphosate exposure and increased risk of certain types of cancer.”
– Teresa Hagan Thomas, Scientist and Editor at Medicalnewstoday.com
On the other side, the European Food Safety Authority, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has determined that it is unlikely to be a carcinogen . Comparatively, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes that glyphosate has no health risks when used as instructed .
What Is the Burden of Proof During a Roundup Claim?
To hold a large manufacturing company liable for your damages, you will need to gather evidence to prove three key elements:
- First and foremost, you must prove that Roundup is defective. So to file a lawsuit, you must show that you have used the product as directed on the label and have a cancer diagnosis of NHL or other blood cancers, like follicular lymphoma, cell leukemia, and T-Cell lymphoma. You can prove you were exposed to the product through photographs, eyewitness testimony, or medical records.
- Second, you need to prove that there is a link between your diagnosis and the herbicide. You must gather documents that prove that it caused your medical condition.
- Finally, after proving that it causes your illness, you need to gather evidence of how it resulted in damages, including medical expenses and emotional discomfort.
If you want to file a Roundup lawsuit, you need an attorney by your side so that he can start an investigation and gather the necessary evidence to prove your claim and ensure that your case is strong.
What Is the Average Settlement for Roundup Lawsuits?
Settlement verdicts for the Roundup lawsuit vary depending on the damages the plaintiff experienced. Your lawyer won’t be able to give you an estimate of your compensation until after they establish your case details.
With that in mind, the average settlement for Roundup lawsuits typically falls between $5,000 and $250,000 .
The goal of a Roundup lawsuit is to compensate the damages, physical, financial, or emotional, which you suffered as a result of the company’s actions, which may include:
- Loss of future earnings
- Emotional distress
- Physical pain
- Transportation fees to medical appointments
- Loss of quality of life
- Funeral expenses (if you lost family members)
However, several factors can impact the total value of compensation, such as the severity of the victim’s Roundup-related illness and how it affected their life.
What Cereals Are High in Glyphosate?
Cereals that are high in glyphosate are the Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch, Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios, and Nature Valley Crunchy granola bars.
Do All Cereals Contain Glyphosate?
No, not all cereals contain glyphosate. Some organic breakfast cereals are Kashi by Kids Organic Berry Crumble Cereal, Nature's Path Organic Corn Puffs Gorilla Munch Cereal and Annie's Organic Cocoa Bunnies Cereal.
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Cancer is an aggressive disease that has a huge impact on a person’s quality of life. If you or a loved one have developed cancer after using glyphosate products, the attorneys at Schmidt & Clark, LLP can help.
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