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"Many Breakfast Cereals Still Contaminated by Weed Killer, Environmental Group Says" - Arman Azad

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  • New York, NY
  • (June 12, 2019)

Several popular breakfast foods, including Cheerios and Nature Valley products, continue to test positive for trace amounts of a controversial herbicide that may increase the risk of cancer, according to a report released by The Environmental Working Group. The Environmental Working Group, which has links to the organics industry, found that all 21 of the products it tested had levels of glyphosate that were higher than what EWG scientists consider protective for children's health. "It is not surprising that very low levels of pesticides, including glyphosate, are found in foodstuff," said Paolo Boffetta, MD, MPH, professor of oncological sciences and medicine, hematology and medical oncology at The Tisch Cancer Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “In general, these levels are unlikely to cause health effects in consumers." Still, "it is important that people know whether there is glyphosate or other chemicals in their food, even at very low levels," said Boffetta.

— Paolo Boffetta, MD, MPH, Associate Director, Population Sciences, Tisch Cancer Institute, Chief, Cancer Prevention and Control, Department of Oncological Sciences, Professor, Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Oncological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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