According to a recent report by the Environmental Working Group, 26 of the 28 cereal, snack bar and oat products, it did tests on had trace amounts of glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Roundup that is suspected of causing serious health problems, including cancer. This is the second time EWB has done this testing. An earlier report came out in August 2018 that found related results in 31 oat-based foods.
The EPA said in 2017 that the ingredient is unlikely to be carcinogenic to human beings but many other organizations disagree. For instance, EWG has a benchmark for how much glyphosate is acceptable in food that is much more strict than EPA standards. Also, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has stated that glyphosate is most likely carcinogenic to humans.
In August, Monsanto, the maker of the herbicide Roundup, was ordered to pay $289 million in damages to an agricultural worker who said the product led to his non-hodgkins lymphoma cancer. The payout was eventually lowered to $80 million but the ruling stayed in place.
Below is a list of the products that EWG tested and the amount of glyphosate they contain. Some of them meet the benchmark for EWG and others do not.
Quaker Oats issued a press release in response to the EWG report.
It said that the company stands by the quality of its products, and it does not add glyphosate in any part of its milling process. The chemical is used by farmers across the country who apply it before the harvest.
Once the oats are transported to the company, they are put through a cleansing process that includes de-hulling, cleaning, roasting, and flaking.
Quaker Oats claims that any small amounts of glyphosate that may be in the finished products where oats are an ingredient are well below regulatory limits set by the EPA, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and Health Canada. Yet who needs to be eating any amount of weed killer?
More Foods that Contain Traces of Glyphosate
Other analyses have been performed that suggest other foods have trace amounts of glyphosate:
- Nature’s Path Organic Honey Almond Granola
- Back to Nature Classic Granola
- Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey, Raisins & Almonds
- Back to Nature Banana Walnut Granola Clusters
- Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats ‘n Honey
- KIND Vanilla, Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds
- Kashi Heart to Heart Organic Honey Toasted cereal
- Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal
- Lucky Charms
- Barbara’s Multigrain Spoonfuls, Original, Cereal
- Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran oat cereal
- Cascadian Farm Organic Harvest Berry, granola bar
- KIND Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut
- Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Oats ‘n Honey
- Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip granola bar
- Kellogg’s Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars, Strawberry
- Tropicana Orange Juice
- Minute Maid Orange Juice
- Stater Bros Orange Juice
- Signature Farms Orange Juice
- Kirkland Orange Juice
- Cheez-It Original
- Cheez-It Whole Grain
- Kashi Soft Bake Cookies, Oatmeal, Dark Chocolate
- Ritz Crackers
- Triscuit Crackers
- Oreo Original
- Oreo Double Stuf Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
- Oreo Double Stuf Golden Sandwich Cookies
- Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips (Frito-Lay)
- Lay’s: Kettle Cooked Original
- Doritos: Cool Ranch
- Fritos (Original) (100% Whole Grain)
- Goldfish crackers original (Pepperidge Farm)
- Goldfish crackers colors
- Goldfish crackers Whole Grain
- Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies
- Oatmeal Cookies Gluten Free
- 365 Organic Golden Round Crackers
- Back to Nature Crispy Cheddar Crackers
- Ben & Jerry’s Ice Creams
- Glyphosate In Food Complete List. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://livelovefruit.com/glyphosate-in-food-complete-list