[Environment] TOXIC CHEMICALS : WEED KILLERS : BUSINESS: CORPORATIONS: NAMED CORPORATIONS: MONSANTO : FOOD DRINK NUTRITION DIET: FOOD: TOXICITY POISONING: FDA Tests Confirm Oatmeal, Baby Foods Contain Residues of Monsanto Weed Killer

 

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TOXIC CHEMICALS :

WEED KILLERS :

BUSINESS: CORPORATIONS: NAMED CORPORATIONS: MONSANTO :

FOOD DRINK NUTRITION DIET:

FOOD: TOXICITY POISONING:

FDA Tests Confirm Oatmeal,
Baby Foods Contain Residues of Monsanto Weed Killer

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FDA Tests Confirm Oatmeal,
Baby Foods Contain Residues of Monsanto Weed Killer

Carey Gillam

Veteran journalist; Research Director for U.S. Right to Know,
a non-profit consumer education group

09/30/2016 10:11 am ET

Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carey-gillam/ fda-tests-confirm-oatmeal_b_12252824.html

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/jd3r9rp

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is quietly starting to test certain foods for residues of a weed killing chemical linked to cancer, has found the residues in a variety of oat products, including plain and flavored oat cereals for babies.

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Data compiled by an FDA chemist and presented to other chemists at a meeting in Florida showed residues of the pesticide known as glyphosate in several types of infant oat cereal, including banana strawberry- and banana-flavored varieties. Glyphosate was also detected in cinnamon spice instant oatmeal; maple brown sugar instant oatmeal and peach and cream instant oatmeal products, as well as others. In the sample results shared, the levels ranged from nothing detected in several different organic oat products to 1.67 parts per million, according to the presentation.

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Glyphosate, which is the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.s Roundup herbicide, is the most widely used weed killer in the world, and concerns about glyphosate residues in food spiked after the World Health Organization in 2015 said a team of international cancer experts determined glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. Other scientists have raised concerns about how heavy use of glyphosate is impacting human health and the environment.

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The EPA maintains that the chemical is not likely to cause cancer, and has established tolerance levels for glyphosate residues in oats and many other foods. The levels found by the FDA in oats fall within those allowed tolerances, which for oats is set by the EPA at 30 ppm. The United States typically allows far more glyphosate residue in food than other countries allow. In the European Union, the tolerance for glyphosate in oats is 20 ppm.

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Monsanto, which derives close to a third of its $15 billion in annual revenues from glyphosate-based products, has helped guide the EPA in setting tolerance levels for glyphosate in food, and in 2013 requested and received higher tolerances for many foods. The company has developed genetically engineered crops designed to be sprayed directly with glyphosate. Corn, soybeans, canola and sugar beets are all genetically engineered to withstand being sprayed with glyphosate.

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