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"The tests detected glyphosate in all 28 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats. All but two of the 28 samples had levels of glyphosate above EWG's health benchmark," the group said in the study. The environmental activist group released the study findings Tuesday.
The Environmental Working Group is an American activist group that specializes in advocacy and research on human health and the environment, according to its website. It is funded by private charitable foundations, including Amazon's charitable giving program. Find more information about the group's funding here.
The manufacturing companies of the cereals say the products are safe to consume. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, “Glyphosate is a widely used herbicide that can kill certain weeds and grasses. Glyphosate works by blocking an enzyme essential for plant growth. The product is used primarily in agriculture, but also in forestry and lawn and garden care.”
The FDA said certain trace amounts of pesticides, or pesticide chemical residues, may remain in or on some crops after they’re harvested. The FDA’s role is to ensure that pesticide chemical residues on or in domestic and imported foods do not exceed the limits established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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EPA has established tolerances for glyphosate on a wide range of crops, including corn, soybean, oil seeds, grains, and some fruits and vegetables, ranging from 0.1 to 310 ppm, according to the FDA website.
General Mills officials responded with a statement to CNN, "The extremely low levels of pesticide residue cited in recent news reports is a tiny fraction of the amount the government allows."
The group tested 28 products and found the substance in these products, according to the study:
Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey & Almonds
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Cinnamon & Spice
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Apples & Cinnamon
Quaker Real Medleys Super Grains Banana Walnut
Quaker Overnight Oats Raisin Walnut & Honey Heaven
Quaker Overnight Oats Unsweetened with Chia Seeds
Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar
Quaker Oatmeal Squares Honey Nut
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
Very Berry Cheerios
Honey Nut Cheerios
Cheerios Oat Crunch Cinnamon
Quaker Chewy S’mores
Quaker Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Quaker Breakfast Squares Soft Baked Bars Peanut Butter
Quaker Breakfast Flats Crispy Snack Bars Cranberry Almond
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