Some Of Your Favorite Cereals Contain Unsafe Amounts Of Cancer-Linked Weed Killer, Report Says

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From House Beautiful

Findings recently reported by a study revealed that traces of a commonly known weed killer, Roundup, were found in portions of oat-based foods.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) published its findings that claim several popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars contained the poison used in the weed-killing product.

Glyphosate, which is an herbicide linked to causing cancer by California state scientists, was detected in all but two of the 45 samples provided that contained conventionally grown oats, reported EWG.

Food products included in the study that drew concern for its levels of glyphosate were Back to Nature Classic Granola, Giant Instant Oatmeal original flavor, Quaker Dinosaur Eggs with Brown Sugar Instant oatmeal and Quaker Steel Cut Oats, to name a few.

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The levels of the herbicide found in almost three-fourths of those samples were higher than what EWG scientists considered safe for children to consume.

Around one-third of those 16 samples with organically grown oats contained levels of glyphosate well below the EWG health benchmark.

EWG reported that the highest level of glyphosate detected in an oat-based food was 1,000 ppb that was detected in two samples of Quaker Old-Fashioned Oats. Three samples of Cheerios has glyphosate levels ranging from 470 ppb to 530 ppb. The level considered safe to consume is 160 ppb.

According to EWG, consuming .01 miligrams of glyphosate per day is considered enough to pose a risk for cancer.

In a statement Quaker said: "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." 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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