Wheat producers urge EPA to reject activist petition banning pre-harvest glyphosate use on oats

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comment on a September 2018 petition from several special interest groups to reduce the tolerance of glyphosate in or on oats and requiring glyphosate-containing product labels to explicitly prohibit preharvest use on oats. The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and North American Millers Assn. (NAMA) urged the agency to reject the petition.

The petition was filed by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) [and several organic food companies] …. [T]he petitioners have submitted results of residue testing from the EWG of glyphosate levels in various granola, instant oat, breakfast cereal, and snack commodities. “The petitioners claim that glyphosate is a possible carcinogen and that the current 30 ppm glyphosate tolerance on oats is not adequately protective of children ….”

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The comments from NAWG noted, the data provided in this docket shows that residues found in food tested were significantly below the EPA’s approved safe tolerance level. “These tested products listed in the docket …. would require massive and impossible daily food consumption rates to come close to reaching the tolerance level established by the EPA,” they said.

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