An environmental study group found that there were harmful levels of a weed-killer in children's cereals as well as oats, according to anindependent laboratory report.
Careful about giving your child Cheerios or Quaker Oats cereals.
The lawsuit opens the floodgates for more litigation against Monsanto - which denies that the weed killer causes cancer and plans to appeal the verdict - and its use of the chemical glyphosate in Roundup.
The report comes a week after a court awarded $289 million to a former Monsanto groundskeeper who said he'd developed cancer after being exposed to glyphosate at his job. Still, there is much debate on whether glyphosate is actually unsafe, with some findings suggesting that it is only harmful to humans in high doses.
In a statement Fox Business, a spokesperson for General Mills said that "our products are safe and without question, they meet regulatory safety levels". So if you have full confidence in the EPA go ahead and Cheerios it up, but we'll be cool over here with a nice Monsanto grown grapefruit for breakfast. 31 of these contained dangerously high levels of the chemical. A 2017 Journal of the National Cancer Institute study found no association between the chemical and an increased cancer risk.More news: John Abraham-starrer to have a smooth run
One sample of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats measured at more than one part per million of glyphosate.
EWG claims it discovered risky doses of glyphosate in 43 of the 45 conventionally grown oats products it tested, 31 of which it claims have unsafe amounts for children. Glyphosate was even found in a few organic products, though most had non-detectable levels. It added that the reported levels of the chemical "are significantly below any regulatory limits" and compliance standards for human consumption.
According to EWG, farmers in the USA are increasingly spraying glyphosate on oats and other non-GMO crops, because the herbicide dries the plants out and allows them to be harvested sooner. Opting for non-GMO corn and soy products should make it easy for consumers to avoid the herbicide, but it is also used to dry some grain crops out at harvest, including oats.
"The challenge here is that the story seems pretty clear: Glyphosate is bad, and it is in a lot of food products", says Tim Calkins, clinical professor of marketing at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.More news: May move means PGA is no long 'Glory's Last Shot' READ MORE
In a statement, Quaker told CBS News: "We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products". One sample of Quaker Oats had 1,300 parts per billion.
Glyphosate "has a 40-year history of safe use and continues to be a vital, effective and safe tool for farmers and others".
"This data was evaluated by Health Canada and no human health concerns were identified", the agency said in its report. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, for instance, has found that children between the ages of one and two have much higher exposure than older people.
When contacted on Thursday, however, local officials said while they were unaware of the recent findings, promised they would be investigating them right away.More news: Inside A 3,200-Year-Old Egyptian Tomb, World's Oldest Cheese Found