As Cook points out, "It's up to consumers to call on companies to rid their products of glyphosate".
Familiar breakfast foods and snacks contain potentially risky amounts of a weed-killing chemical, according to a new study.
In tests of 45 products made from oats, the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that all but two had traces of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup.
Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration released documents that say the agency has found "a fair amount" of glyphosate in several processed foods.
Recently, some scientists, doctors and activists around the world have worked to keep glyphosate out of crops due to concerns that it is a unsafe carcinogen. It is also listed by California as a chemical that can cause cancer.
Last week, a California jury awarded a man $289 million after he alleged alleges that heavy contact with Roundup caused non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
For this study, EWG's scientists tested 29 products and found that nearly three-quarters of the samples contained higher levels of glyphosate than deemed safe. Products with some of the highest levels of glyphosate include granola, oats and snack bars made by leading industry namesQuaker, Kellogg's and General Mills, which makes Cheerios.
General Mill issued a statement to KSTP Thursday morning regarding the EWG's study.
Dr. Bassett advises doing anything possible to limit skin exposure when using weed killers, such as wearing long sleeves and trousers, and gloves. "We're saying a pesticide like this which has the ability to increase the risk of cancer has no place in food an particularly not foods that are marketed to children", said Walker.
"We don't know a lot about the effects of glyphosate on children", said Lowry, "And essentially we're just kind of throwing it at them". "The agency's assessment found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label".
However, glyphosate has been identified as carcinogenic by the France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer. "And that's definitely the case with glyphosate".
"Glyphosate does not belong in cereal", Tenkin wrote. The EPA should limit the use of glyphosate on food crops, including pre-harvest application.
Information from NBC News was included in this report.
Both the Quaker Oats Company and General Mills, the maker of Cheerios, disagree with the EWG report's results, defending their products as safe to consume.
Yet many regulators and researchers maintain that glyphosate is safe. Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal contained as much as 780 parts per billion in one sample.
Chattanoogan Olivia Cleveland is an herbalist who was raised on a farm. It added that the reported levels of the chemical "are significantly below any regulatory limits" and compliance standards for human consumption.