Glyphosate in popular cereals

CEH’s independent testing of a variety of American cereals found all samples of conventional products contained residue levels of the weed killer glyphosate. This toxic chemical has been shown to cause birth defects in laboratory animals and disrupt hormone function. Recently, the World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.” cancer-causing chemical.

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What is glyphosate?
Glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is the most widely used herbicide in the US. It is the most commonly used pesticide in parks and is even found in foods that adults and kids love.

Is glyphosate hazardous for kids?
Absolutely. The Guardian said it best- “Because a child’s developing body is more sensitive to exposure than adults and takes in more of everything – relative to their size, children eat, breathe, and drink much more than adults – they are particularly vulnerable to these toxic chemicals.” (Source: The EU and glyphosate: it’s time to put children’s health before pesticides)

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What foods are grown using glyphosate?
Corn and soybeans are commonly grown using Roundup, but is also used on hundreds of other crops. Glyphosate is sometimes used to dry out oats just prior to harvest.

What foods are contaminated with glyphosate?
The best way to avoid glyphosate is by knowing which foods contain it. Since corn and soybeans are commonly grown using the pesticide Roundup, cereals were the likely culprit.

CEH recently tested a variety of cereals and found glyphosate contamination in the following products:

Results:*

Quaker Oatmeal Squares (2015 ppb)
Gerber Oatmeal (545 ppb)
Market Pantry Toasted Oats (826 ppb)
Beechnut Oatmeal (735 ppb)
Kroger Toasted Oats (346 ppb)
Marshmallow Mateys (303 ppb)
Joe’s Os (672 ppb)
Quaker Life Original (1254 ppb)
Signature Kitchen Os (762 ppb)
Honey Nut Cheerios (557 ppb)
Great Value Os (1220 ppb)

*These results are consistent with a U.S. Food and Drug Administration study of oatmeal (300 – 1670 ppb of glyphosate).

How concerned should I be about CEH’s test results?
Very concerned. The research into glyphosate exposure shows that these substances can alter and damage the delicate functions of our bodies’ natural hormones, making them part of a group of chemicals known as endocrine disrupting chemicals, or EDCs.

Is it difficult to avoid glyphosate-contaminated food?
Yes, you can avoid this toxic chemical by buying organic cereals! Glyphosate is not used in the production of organic food. CEH recently tested two organic cereal products and neither were contaminated with glyphosate. FDA tested four organic oatmeals with the same result.

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What is the takeaway here?
Toxic glyphosate is avoidable in most cases. Whenever possible, buy organic cereals. If you’re ready to do more, sign CEH’s petition to ban hormone disruptors!

Information Sources

What is glyphosate?
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-01/documents/pesticides-industry-sales-usage-2016_0.pdf

Is glyphosate hazardous for kids?
https://www.cdc.gov/niosh-rtecs/mc106738.html
http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf

What foods are grown using glyphosate?
http://www.cdms.net/ldat/ld5UJ004.pdf
http://www.roundup.ca/_uploads/documents/MON-Preharvest%20Staging%20Guide.pdf

What foods are contaminated with glyphosate?
https://www.nacrw.org/2016/presentations/O-27.pdf

How concerned should I be about CEH’s test results?
https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s12940-016-0117-0

Is it difficult to avoid glyphosate-contaminated food?
https://www.nacrw.org/2016/presentations/O-27.pdf