Watch What You Eat
A current article by CBS News on June 13, 2019, states that “twenty-one different oat-based cereal and snack products that are popular with children have been found to contain traces of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, according to tests from the Environmental Working Group” (CBS, 2019). Among specific products that have been tested for glyphosate are Cheerios, Nature Valley Cereals, and other General Mills food products.
Glyphosate has been the cause of many lawsuits that allege that the chemical causes cancer. This chemical is a widely known weed killer, however, it is also sprayed on and used to dry out oats so that they can be harvested sooner. This practice is increasing the likelihood that glyphosate will be found in oat-based foods. Consuming traces of chemicals like glyphosate is not uncommon because most field crops use pesticides and other chemicals in the harvesting process. However, the FDA and EPA determine how much of these chemicals are safe to consume in food products. The current foods containing glyphosate have been said to have levels that are higher than what they consider safe for children.
It is inevitable that certain levels of these chemicals are being found in food products that are grown and harvested in fields that are sprayed with pesticides. With that being said, it is important for companies and environmental groups to inform consumers of the ingredients and remnants of chemicals that are in their food even if they aren’t cause for concern or above the safety standards.
The allegations continue against Bayor, the now parent company to Monsanto, as to whether or not the chemicals in Roundup are the actual cause of cancer. While there have been many settlements against them, the EPA and Bayor continue to defend the weed killer.
After a lawsuit that ended in a $2 billion verdict to a couple in California in May of 2019, there have been more and more lawsuits arising. A very recent $80 million settlement against Bayer was made to a man that alleged that their weed killer Roundup caused him to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bayer currently is facing lawsuits by more than 13,000 plaintiffs all alleging that the use of their chemical causes cancer, while the company continues to defend their product.
If you have been exposed to Roundup weed killer and have developed an adverse health effect please contact the McEwen Law Firm right away.