Weedkiller Ingredient Glyphosate Found In Children’s Cereal

A recent report has found that glyphosate, a weedkilling chemical used in Roundup, was found in a number of popular breakfast foods and cereals that are marketed to children. Included was the top-selling cereal, Cheerios. Glyphosate has been linked to cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

A study by Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit, found that many popular kinds of cereal had trace amounts of glyphosate found in their products. They tested 45 foods, and found that glyphosate was detected in 42 of those foods. 31 of those had glyphosate levels higher than was the EWG scientists consider safe for consumption.

The Environmental Working Group benchmark for daily food exposure to glyphosate for children is 160 ppb. Quaker Old Fashioned Oats tested at 1300 ppb.

“It is very troubling that cereals children like to eat contain glyphosate,” said Alexis Temkin, Ph.D., EWG toxicologist and author of the report. “Parents shouldn’t worry about whether feeding their children healthy oat foods will also expose them to a chemical linked to cancer. The government must take steps to protect our most vulnerable populations.”

Products that contained glyphosate include:
•Cheerios
•Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran oat cereal
•Great Value Instant Oats
•Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats
•Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
•Back to Nature Classic Granola
•KIND Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut
•Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip granola bar

What is Glyphosate?

Glyphosate is an herbicide used in weedkillers, including the popular brand Roundup. Each year farmers, commercial nurseries, gardeners and groundskeepers of parks and golf courses have used about 250 million pounds of glyphosate. California state scientists have linked glyphosate to cancer, as well as the World Health Organization.

Glyphosate And It’s Link To Cancer

Last week, a jury in San Francisco, California ordered Monsanto to pay Dewayne Johnson $289 million after they found that Monsanto’s weedkillers, which contain glyphosate, gave him cancer. Johnson, a school groundskeeper, applied Roundup weedkiller around 20-30 times per year. In 2014 he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that begins in white blood cells and occurs when the body produces too many abnormal lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells.


If you have any questions about these Monsanto Roundup lawsuits, or about products that could contain glyphosate, please contact The Eichholz Law Firm for more information. Our team of product liability attorneys have the years of experience needed to help.