Update to study finds weed-killer in all breakfast products tested

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FILE – This June 15, 2011 file photo shows a spoonful of Honey Nut Cheerios in Pembroke, N.Y. General Mills on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 said it is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, Calif., saying the cereal is labeled gluten-free but actually contains wheat. […]

In an update to a study that found a weed-killing chemical known in various breakfast foods, additional products were found to have residues of the same chemical.

A second series of tests by the Environmental Working Group found glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, in all but two of the 28 samples of oat products had glyphosate levels above EWG’s benchmark of 160 parts per billion.

All products contained some levels of glyphosate.

The results of the second testing were released on October 24, 2018, and included samples from 10 various types of Cheerios and 18 samples of various Quaker products.

These items included instant oatmeal, breakfast cereal, and snack bars.

Glyphosate is commonly used as an herbicide and is classified as “probably carcinogenic” by the International Agency on Cancer.

The EPA has stated that there are minimal chronic dietary risks posed by glyphosate in food.

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