New Report Reveals Concerning Levels of Monsanto’s Weed Killer in Popular American Foods

The chemical glyphosate that is used in many popular weedkillers has been found in a range of different American food products.

Independent testing found many samples contained residue levels of the pesticide glyphosate, which has lead to calls for corporate and regulatory action to be implemented to protect customer health.

Items that tested positive for the residue were cookies, crackers, popular cold cereals and chips commonly consumed by children and adults. The tests were carried out by Food Democracy Now and the group’s “Detox Project,” at a San Francisco-based Anresco lab. Anresco is widely regarded as being one of the most advanced methods of analysis testing.
These results come as the FDA are struggling to maste their own testing methods to scrutinise contaminations in food. The FDA have not even tested for glyhosate until this year, and the testing of this pesticide was actually recently suspended.

Glyphosate has hit headlines as it was deemed a 'probable human carcinogen' by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), and it is the main ingredient in one of the worlds most popular weed killers, meaning the scale of this problem has the potential to be huge.

The report states that 29 common foods were tested and glyphosate residues were found in General Mills’ Cheerios at 1,125.3 parts per billion (ppb), in Kashi soft-baked oatmeal dark chocolate cookies at 275.57 ppb, and in Ritz Crackers at 270.24 ppb. Different levels were found in Kellogg’s Special K cereal, Triscuit Crackers and several other products. The report also states that the results were “rough estimates at best and may not represent an accurate representation of the sample.” When the food companies were requested for comments, none of them responded.

The law surrounding this area of contamination is very vague. The EPA sets a “maximum residue limit” (MRL) for different pesticides, but the MRL for glyphosate changes depending on the food, making it hard to know what is a safe level.

The concerns were raised by the non-profit organisation due to the fact that Roundup can cause liver and kidney damage in rats at only 0.05 ppb, and the levels found in the human food was much higher.

Despite the fact that Monsanto have repeatedly said that there is no safety concerns concerning glyphosate (this is the company that makes $5 billion a year from glyphosate products) the groups who carried out the study have called for the federal government to do official tests into this ongoing dispute.

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