And now, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group (EWG), glyphosate has been found in a number of popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars.

According to the report, Glyphosate was found in 43 out of 45 product samples with "conventionally grown" oats.

The World Health Organization's cancer research agency classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" in 2015.

Last week, a jury at the Superior Court of California in San Francisco awarded $289 million in damages to a groundskeeper whose attorney argued that Roundup, a weed killer made by Monsanto, caused his terminal cancer. "Roundup could cause cancer", Brent Wisner, the lawyer for the California man, Dewayne Johnson, said in a statement obtained by The Guardian.

"Plaintiffs are putting forward junk science that is not based upon the 40 years of safe glyphosate use and studies", Scott Partridge, Monsanto's vice president of global strategy, told Reuters. "Quaker does not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process".


The Environmental Working Group said in a statement late Wednesday that it's "deeply disappointed" by the companies' "tone-deaf response" to its report.

Quaker Foods, a major manufacturer of oat food products, stresses that any glyphosate found in oats is the result of farmers applying it pre-harvest.

Monsanto has frequently disputed the allegations that Roundup's glyphosate causes cancer, and it told CBS on August 15 that "glyphosate does not cause cancer" and "has a more than 40-year history of safe use". The agency's assessment found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label.

But others have questioned the findings that glyphosate is cancer-causing. Thirty-one exceeded 160 parts of glyphosate per billion, a level the EWG considers unsafe for children, per CNN, though the EPA's standard is far lower, with its range topping out at 310 parts per million.

"In this large, prospective cohort study, no association was apparent between glyphosate and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overall", they wrote.


Thankfully, organic oats scored better - as one might expect.

Glyphosate is the most widely-used herbicide ingredient in Canada, CBC reported past year.

If you or your children are eating Cheerios right now, there's a good chance that they're accompanied by a potentially harmful weed killer called Roundup. The nonprofit wants the EPA to make its standard more stringent: "Our general stance is pesticides and herbicides really don't belong in children's food", says Alexis Temkin, a toxicologist at EWG. Kellogg's issued a similar statement, saying its food is safe and they follow the EPA's strict standards for safely levels of these agricultural residues "and the ingredients we purchase from suppliers for our foods fall under these limits".

Bayer shares registered yet another sharp decrease on Thursday (16 August), dropping as much as 6.5% in Frankfurt to hover near the 76 euros level as investors fear the German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant may face numerous litigations in the USA after its controversial merger with Monsanto.


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