New tests done by the Environmental Working Group have found 21 oat-based cereals and snack bars popular amongst children to have “Troubling levels of glyphosate.” The chemical, which is the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, can allegedly cause cancer.
The oat products tested were made by General Mills, including several Cheerios varieties and Nature Valley products.
While EWG said it found the chemical to be in all of the reported cereal and snacks, 16 showed levels of glyphosate higher than 160 parts per billion, which is what scientists consider safe for children.
Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch tested for the highest levels of the chemical at 833 parts per billion.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a much higher tolerance for glyphosate in crops, allowing levels ranging from 0.1 to 310 parts per million.
The World Health Organization has identified glyphosate as “Possibly carcinogenic to humans” and a study published earlier this year showed that glyphosate raised the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41 percent.
Glyphosate is most used as a weedkiller for genetically modified corn and soybeans.
They write, “The only way to quickly remove this cancer-causing weedkiller from foods marketed to children is for companies like General Mills and Quaker to use oats from farmers who do not use glyphosate as a desiccant.”