After jurors in California found Round Up (weed killer) to be responsible for a 46-year-old groundskeeper’s cancer, The Environmental Working Group conducted a test on several oat-based cereals and snack bars to detect any levels of the weed killer glyphosate. Out of the 61 samples tested, 48 had some levels of glyphosate in them.
Cheerios, Lucky Charms and Quaker Oats were among the list that had the highest levels of glyphosate in them. Organic cereals had the lowest levels while some organic cereals and snacks had no traces at all. To see the full list, click here.
Although any level of glyphosate sounds concerning, researchers and toxicologists have said the odds of someone getting cancer would be one in one million since the levels are very low.
It is not certain what, if any, regulations will be put in place for the use of this chemical.
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Source: WebMD, “Roundup Chemical in Your Cereal: What to Know”