'Quaker Oats “Life” and “Squares” cereals. Gerber and Beechnut baby oatmeal. Cheerios. Store brand “O” cereals from Target, Safeway, Walmart, Trader Joe’s and Kroger. All those products were contaminated with glyphosate (often sold as Roundup) in recent independent testing conducted by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH).
Sadly, the results are not really surprising. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have found contamination of similar foods as have the nonprofit organizations Moms Across America and Food Democracy Now. However, given that the FDA has tested fewer than 100 products (as far as we can tell), most of which were honey, these results are important.
Should consumers be concerned? In a word, yes. While Monsanto says that “no other pesticide has been more extensively tested than glyphosate,” government agencies have identified serious health effects. A compilation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows that glyphosate in laboratory tests has damaged genes, caused birth defects, reduced sperm production, damaged the liver and kidney, and disrupted sex hormone function. Both the World Health Organization and the California Environmental Protection Agency identify glyphosate as a cancer-causing chemical. CEH is especially concerned about the hormone disruption because even tiny amounts of glyphosate can have these kinds of effects. And there’s more.'
Read more: Children May Be Eating Cereal Laced With Monsanto’s Toxic Weed Killer
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