Monsanto: 'The jury got it wrong' in cancer lawsuit

19 August, 2018, 15:29 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • Cereal killers Monsanto weedkiller that can ‘probably’ cause cancer found in children’s breakfasts

A number of popular breakfast cereals, granolas, oatmeal and snack bars could possibly contain a unsafe weed killer called glyphosate, produced by the Monsanto company, according to a report broadcast on New York's ABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News.

Information from NBC News was included in this report.

"I was shocked", said Dr. Jennifer Lowry.

In April, nonprofit US Right to Know obtained emails showing that tests conducted by the Food and Drug Administration revealed "a fair amount" of glyphosate in some foods.

There was some evidence suggesting that people who used glyphosate in their jobs might have a higher rate of acute myeloid leukemia, but the numbers were too low to say for sure and the team said more study of that particular question would be needed.

Now there's another popular food product that people need to be concerned about, according to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group.

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The Environmental Working Group said it tested 45 samples of breakfast foods and found traces of glyphosate in 31 of them. In 2017, California listed glyphosate in its Proposition 65 registry of chemicals known to cause cancer.

San Francisco jurors just ruled that Roundup, the most popular weedkiller in the world, gave a former school groundskeeper terminal cancer.

Legal analysts say the jury's decision could bolster thousands of similar pending lawsuits involving a product once labeled a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization, and considered as such by the state of California.

The active chemical in Roundup, glyphosate, was classified "probably carcinogenic" in 2015 by the World Health Organisation, a finding that has been subject to scrutiny and lobbying.

Faber said he's skeptical of EPA's glyphosate limits.

"Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels". "But we very much doubt our petition will be acted upon by President Trump's lawless EPA. Comparatively, from everything that I see, this is a small risk", said Gould, who led a committee studying the safety of genetically engineered crops for the National Academy of Medicine.

It is especially disappointing because these two multi-billion dollar companies can take the simple step of telling their oat farmers to stop using glyphosate as a harvest-time desiccant on their crops. Quaker does not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process. Once the oats are transported to us, we put them through our rigorous process that thoroughly cleanses them (de-hulled, cleaned, roasted and flaked). "Monsanto said it is aware of about 5,200 cases where plaintiffs claim that they have been exposed to glyphosate-based products", one trader in Frankfurt told EURACTIV on condition of anonymity.

The German company, which owns controversial agricultural company Monsanto, says herbicides containing glyphosate are safe. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other regulatory authorities in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, Korea, and elsewhere routinely review all approved pesticide products and have consistently reaffirmed that glyphosate does not cause cancer.

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