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Glyphosate Now Found to Contaminate Most Popular Western Foods

Glyphosate Now Found to Contaminate Most Popular Western Foods

Glyphosate Now Found to Contaminate Most Popular Western Foods
November 18
17:29 2016

Glyphosate Now Found to Contaminate Most Popular Western Foods


Posted on November 16, 2016

By Heather Callaghan, Editor

A recent lab analysis found a startling amount of Monsanto’s weedkiller in common consumer goods.

Around 29 popular American foods were tested by an FDA registered laboratory commissioned by Food Democracy Now! in conjunction with The Detox Project. The Detox Project is gaining access to newer technology to test glyphosate levels in humans, food and soil. This article will explain how an herbicide (literally means “kill plants”) can end up in non-GMO food ingredients.

Levels in food found in the recent analysis measured between 289.47 ppb and at levels as high as 1,125.3 ppb. NYR Natural News points out that ultra low levels of glyphosate, e.g. 0.1 parts per billions (ppb), can cause harm to human health. One study even showed that glyphosate causes breast cancer in parts per trillion.

NYR Natural News reports:

Food with high levels of glyphosate include General Mills’ Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, Raisin Bran and Frosted Flakes and PepsiCo’s Doritos Cool Ranch, Ritz Crackers and Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips, as well as many more famous products at levels that present significant risks according to the latest independent peer-reviewed science on glyphosate.

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used herbicide. It is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup but appears in many products on the horticultural market since Monsanto no longer holds the patent. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s IARC declared that glyphosate – the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup – was a “probable human carcinogen” and it was recently verified that it alters DNA in a very damaging way.

HuffPo explains the amounts of glyphosate found in the food samples:

The tests conducted by Anresco were done on 29 foods commonly found on grocery store shelves. Glyphosate residues were found in General Mills’ Cheerios at 1,125.3 parts per billion (ppb), in Kashi soft-baked oatmeal dark chocolate cookies at 275.57 ppb, and in Ritz Crackers at 270.24 ppb, according to the report. Different levels were found in Kellogg’s Special K cereal, Triscuit Crackers and several other products. The report noted that for some of the findings, the amounts were “rough estimates at best and may not represent an accurate representation of the sample.” The food companies did not respond to a request for comment.

The EPA sets a “maximum residue limit” (MRL), also known as a tolerance, for pesticide residues on food commodities, like corn and soybeans. MRLs for glyphosate vary depending upon the commodity. Finished food products like those tested at Anresco might contain ingredients from many different commodities.

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