Parents and cereal consumers: Check your cupboards now!
A major recall has been issued towards popular cereal and breakfast bars after traces of weed killer were discovered in cereal samples.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently reported that during their second rounds of inspection of cereals, oatmeals, and snacks, 'harmful' levels of glyphosate- the main ingredient of Roundup- were discovered. The products were closely inspected after a man was diagnosed with cancer from the common weed-killer known as Roundup.
After a detailed investigation, it was discovered that the same ingredient responsible for the man’s cancer was found in several popular kinds of cereal. Affected products included Cheerios and Quaker Oats, including Honey Nut Cheerios, Quaker Oatmeal Squares Honey Nut, and Quaker Overnight Oats.
This is the second part investigation of weed-killer discovered in cereals. The original discovery was made in August 2018 when 43 out of 45 products tested were reported highly positive for the cancerous chemical, glyphosate. In the second phase of the investigation, 26 out of 28 products were found with high traces of glyphosate.
According to EWG, “Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, the Monsanto weed killer that is the most heavily used pesticide in the U.S.”
Popular granola products, products with instant oats, oat breakfast cereals, snack bar, and whole oats. The following name brand products have the highest levels of glyphosate: Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, Cheerios, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats, Great Value Instant Oats, Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip granola bars, and Back to Nature Classic Granola.
The EWG claims that this was made possible due to the growth and maintenance of the oats: “Each year, more than 250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on American crops, primarily on ‘Roundup-ready’ corn and soybeans genetically engineered to withstand the herbicide. But when it comes to the food we eat, the highest glyphosate levels are not found in products made with GMO corn.”
Consumers are being warned of purchasing these products until the EWG can confirm that the deadly ingredient is full removed from the products. For a full list of cereals, oatmeals, and snacks that have been confirmed and contaminated, click here. Beware of any products containing glyphosate and be sure to share this story to spread the word!