Environmental Working Group or the EPA: Who should parents trust about glyphosate safety?

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Remember a couple months back when an advocacy group found what it called “a hefty dose” of glyphosate, the active ingredient in weedkillers such as Roundup, in a wide range of oat-based products such as Cheerios and Quaker Oats? Quaker and General Mills weren’t happy, arguing that any traces of glyphosate in their products were well below the regulatory limits.

Well, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has come back with another non-peer-reviewed study, this time covering oat-based cereals and other food that’s marketed to children. And the lobbying group—which is partly funded by organic foods companies such as Organic Valley and Stonyfield—says its latest test results “fly in the face of claims by two companies, Quaker and General Mills, which have said there is no reason for concern.”

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The thing is, the EWG’s limit is way, way below the safety ceiling imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. For oats, the EPA says anything up to 30 parts per million is safe. That’s 187 times the EWG’s safety limit, and 10 times the glyphosate levels found in Quaker Oatmeal Squares Honey Nut, the worst offender on the list released by the lobbying group ….

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Read full, original article: A New Study Found Weedkiller in 28 Cereals and Other Kids’ Foods. Why Parents Shouldn’t Freak Out Just Yet

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