The results of a recent study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an advocacy group that assesses the dangers of chemicals in every day products, revealed that many popular oat-based products contained dangerous levels of the herbicide used in Monsanto Roundup.
Products tested include household name brands such as Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Kind Bars, Nature Valley bars, and Quaker Oatmeal, to name a few. These oat-based products have been a staple in the diet of families across the country for many years, and the fact that they were found to contain high levels of a dangerous herbicide has raised many concerns about their safety.
This news comes shortly after an appeals court decision in California allowing state health officials to list the main ingredient in Monsanto Roundup as potentially cancer causing. As more information on exposure to Roundup becomes available, Monsanto Roundup lawsuits continue to be filed.
Why is Monsanto Roundup Dangerous?
Monsanto Roundup is an herbicide that is widely used in the landscaping and agriculture industries across the country. The active ingredient, glyphosate, has been found to be incredibly effective in killing weeds and boosting crop production. However, the chemical has been connected to the development of cancer. Specifically, scientific studies have revealed that long-term exposure to glyphosate can lead to the development of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Those most at risk include farm workers, landscapers, and others who routinely worked in the agricultural industry.
The results of the study conducted by the EWG are also concerning as the levels of glyphosate detected in many common breakfast cereals was dangerously high. According to the study, children who regularly consume these products are most at risk. As a result of this new information, many who have been effected have sought legal advice in order to hold the makers of Monsanto accountable.
How Did Roundup Get Into Breakfast Foods?
It is thought that the herbicide got into the cereals during the production and harvesting process. Wheat and grain producers commonly use Monsanto Roundup as a way to kill weeds in the early stages of crop growth. The crops are then again sprayed with the chemical during the harvest process in order to help the grains dry out faster, thus allowing producers to “speed up” the production process. This second coat of Roundup on the crops can leave dangerously high levels of the herbicide behind that remain as the grains are turned into everyday food products, such as cereal.
Other ways the chemical may get into breakfast foods include cross contamination from other crops or cross contamination in the processing plants and factories. Out of the 45 breakfast products tested by the EWG, 43 of them tested positive for glyphosate. Even more disturbingly, 31 of the products contained dangerously high levels of the potentially cancerous chemical.
Contact an Experienced Monsanto Roundup Lawyer
If you or a loved one have developed non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after exposure to Monsanto Roundup, you should find an experienced Monsanto Roundup lawyer familiar with the new legal developments concerning Monsanto Roundup.
You could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering, among other losses. We are working with experienced Monsanto Roundup lawyers across the country, who charge no fee unless you get a settlement or award. Contact us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.