Cereals

Recent findings reported by a study discovered that traces of common weed killer Roundup were present in portions of oat-based foods.

According to The Environmental Working Group (EWG), the study’s findings suggested that several popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars contained the active ingredient of the weed-killing product. Some cereals tested were found to have three times the safe amount of glyphosate.

Glyphosate is an herbicide linked to cancer by California state scientists, and was detected in all but two of the 45 samples containing oats used in the study, mentioned EWG.

Food products used in the study that called for serious concern due to their levels of glyphosate included Back to Nature Classic Granola, Giant Instant Oatmeal, Quaker Dinosaur Eggs with Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal and Quaker Steel Cut Oats, to name a few.

The high levels of the herbicide, which were found in almost three-fourths of those samples, were higher than what EWG scientists consider to be safe for children’s consumption.

EWG also reported that the highest level of glyphosate detected in an oat-based food was 1,000 ppb, found in two samples of Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats. There were three samples of Cheerios that had glyphosate levels ranging from 470 ppb to 530 ppb. The maximum safe level of consumption is 160 ppb.

Consuming more than .01 milligrams of glyphosate per day is considered a potential cancer risk, according to EWG.

Quaker released a statement stating, “We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products. Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits of the safety standards set by the EPA and the European Commission as safe for human consumption.”

Related: Problems with Pesticides and Washing Your Produce

General Mills told CBS News: “Our products are safe and without question, they meet regulatory safety levels. The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow.”

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