By: Kyle James | 10-26-2018 | News
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New Report: Dozens Of Breakfast Cereals Test Positive For Pesticides

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A new report by the Environmental Working Group said it has found pesticides in dozens of popular breakfast cereals. The cereals were once again found to contain trace amounts of the controversial herbicide in the weed killer Roundup which is one of the most common herbicides used by farmers.

The Environmental Working Group released the report Wednesday saying that 26 of the 28 products it tested had levels of glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup, that was "higher than what EWG scientists consider protective of children's health." The group released a similar report a few months ago in August saying that it had similar results in other foods it had tested. Among those tested products were breakfast cereals such as Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oats.

The discovery does not bode well for cereal manufacturers or consumers and it has been a problem that has been pushed to the side for a long time. Manufacturers always say that it is a harmless amount of glyphosate and can't hurt you but watchdog groups like EWG say otherwise.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So if youre eating cereal, theres traces of Roundup weedkiller in it. Roundup causes cancer. Thats been proven in court. Because of the Roundup contamination cereal causes cancer. Good luck eating cereal thinking you will live a long healthy life. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Nyla (@ILoveNyla_25) <a href="">October 26, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Glyphosate was originally created to apply to the leaves of plants to kill both broadleaf plants, weeds, and grasses to get rid of plants where they weren't wanted. The National Pesticide Information Center says that glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States and has been in use since 1974.

Environmental groups such as EWG say that Glyphosate poses a cancer risk when taken long-term, even at very low doses. The National Pesticide Information Center says glyphosate can be found in over 750 products in the United States. It enters our body when it is applied to crops in the fields which results in trace amounts reaching an alarming majority of the foods we consume.

Government experts at the FDA and EPA say the levels shown in tests of foods like Cheerios are safe and normal for food products, and they disagree with EWG who says the long-term effects are deadly. Perhaps it is the laws that need changing and the limits lowered because none of the foods listed in the EWG reports exceeded EPA limits on herbicide. It should be noted the EWG report uses a more conservative benchmark of 160 parts per billion as well.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Why is Roundup pesticide in your child’s cereal? Should you throw it all away? Learn more about our recent glyphosate report and what next steps you may want to take: <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; EWG (@ewg) <a href="">October 21, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Related coverage: <a href="">The latest report from the Environmental Working Group</a> focused on products tested by Anresco Laboratories in San Francisco who tested 10 samples of different types of General Mills' Cheerios and 18 samples of different Quaker bands. They also tested products from PepsiCo, instant oatmeal, breakfast cereal, and some various snack bars.

The largest amount the lab found was 2,837 parts per billion and it was in Quaker Oatmeal Squares breakfast cereal. These levels are 18 times higher than what the EWG recommends as a children's health benchmark. If you're wondering if your favorite cereal was on the list, the other cereals tested were Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Very Berry Cheerios, Chocolate Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, and Cheerios Oat Crunch Cinnamon.

The Environmental Working Group named their latest report "Roundup for Breakfast". General Mills disputes EWG's findings and even issued a statement contradicting the group's findings.

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General Mills said in a statement:

<i>" General Mills top priority is food safety and has been for over 150 years. Most crops grown in fields use some form of pesticides and trace amounts are found in the majority of the food we all eat. Experts at the FDA and EPA determine the safe levels for food products. These are very strict rules that we follow as do farmers who grow crops. We continue to work closely with farmers, our suppliers, and conservation organizations to minimize the use of pesticides on the ingredients we use in our foods. The extremely low levels of pesticide residue cited in recent news reports is a tiny fraction of the amount that the government allows. Consumers are regularly bombarded with alarming headlines, but rarely have the time to weigh the information for themselves. We feel this is an important context that consumers should be aware of when considering this topic."</i>

PepsiCo doesn't even deny their products contain herbicides and even dedicates a portion of their website toward addressing people's concerns. PepsiCo says:

<i>"PepsiCo has worked closely with our growers for years, and we have a strong heritage of partnering with experienced farmers who are responsible stewards of natural resources … PepsiCo is dedicated to producing the safest, highest-quality and best-tasting beverages and foods in every part of the world. Developing and maintaining robust food safety programs is how we work to assure safety for every package, every day, in every market. PepsiCo has detailed internal programs and procedures for food safety."</i>

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8 Comment/s
John Q. Public No. 40463 2018-10-26 : 04:17


It's not like the Environmental Working Group is a lobbying group or a adgenda funded thinktank simular to a soros funded front..

Oh wait!


Yes it is….

Anonymous No. 40465 2018-10-26 : 05:12

shit, cereal was my favorite.

Anonymous No. 40467 2018-10-26 : 05:41

Shit, looks like we are going to get 25% ethanol gasoline as standard soon. Hopefully some moron doesn’t get a wild idea that diesel fuel could get stretched out by adding alcohol to it.

Anonymous No. 40470 2018-10-26 : 07:43

Guess I'll stop drinking five Pepsi's a day

Anonymous No. 40478 2018-10-26 : 10:04

EWG is a plain and simple ACTIVIST GROUP.


Some of their other headlines used to solicit funds from the accused.

“Sunscreen is causing cancer”

“Baby’s bottle is poisoning your child,”

"Lead in Lipstick"

"Questioning Water Quality"

"Autism relation to Vaccine scare"

"mercury in fish"

"thermal cash-register receipts cause cancer"

"Non-organic vegetables are covered in toxins,”

A major majority of Scientists at the Society of Toxicology who do actually know about toxins have repeatedly stated the Environmental Working Group greatly overstates the health risk of chemicals.

Since starting up under the Obama Admin its donations/Blackmail have grown from <$3M to now over $14M .

Anonymous No. 40508 2018-10-26 : 18:38

I learned about this from commercial organic sun marijuana growers in Oregon two years ago. My mother’s cancer is directly related to Roundup. Time to roundup some motherf*ckers I think, eh??

Anonymous No. 40468 2018-10-26 : 18:57

I learned about this from commercial organic sun marijuana growers in Oregon two years ago. My mother’s cancer is directly related to Roundup. Time to roundup some motherf*ckers I think, eh??

Anonymous No. 95740 2021-09-20 : 17:17

I think this needs to be out in public forum more. Not hidden on internet.

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