A children’s health watchdog group found levels of a brand name weedkiller ingredient in General Mills’ cereals in testing.
The Environmental Working Group’s Children’s Health Initiative found glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, in 21 samples of General Mills’ products, with 17 samples having levels higher than what the group considers safe.
The two products with the highest levels were Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch at 833 parts per billion and Cheerios with 729 ppb. EWG considers any level higher than 160 ppb unsafe for children.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a higher threshold for glyphosate content — in crops including corn, soybeans, oil seeds, grains, and some fruits and vegetables — ranging from 0.1 to 310 parts per million, rather than per billion. In December 2017, the EPA concluded that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic in humans.
Bayer-Monsanto, the makers of Roundup, have been involved in multiple lawsuits concerning glyphosate’s links to cancer. The weedkiller is sprayed on oats as a drying agent to kill the crop for harvesting faster, according to a news release.
EWG performed its testing in July 2018 and October 2018. The EPA’s most recent glyphosate testing report is from 2016.