Environmental group says weed-killing chemical found in some children's foods

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - An environmental organization reports a weed-killing chemical possibly linked to cancer was found in 43 samples of products containing grown oats, including some children's products.

The Environmental Working Group's Children's Health Initiative states testing also found 75 percent of products tested had levels of glyphosate higher than what its scientists consider safe for children's health.

Glyphosate, an herbicide found in Roundup, has recently come to mainstream consciousness following a $289 million verdict favoring a man who says he was diagnosed with cancer from the weed killer.

The report by EWG adds that one-third of organically grown oats also were found to contain levels of glyphosate.

EWG tested over a dozen brands of oat-based foods for the study, setting a safety benchmark of glyphosate levels of 160 parts per billion. The report released a list of products it says contained levels well above the 160 ppb standard, many of them popular children's products.

The products include Quaker Old Fashioned Oats (930 ppb average), Quaker Dinosaur Eggs Brown Sugar instant oatmeal (700 ppb average), Cheerios (497 ppb average) and Quaker Simply Oats Granola (415 ppb average).

In a statement released to CNN, Quaker says the company does not add the chemical during any part of the milling process, adding it is:

"... commonly used by farmers across the industry who apply it pre-harvest. Once the oats are transported to us, we put them through our rigorous process that thoroughly cleanses them (de-hulled, cleaned, roasted and flaked). Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits and well within compliance of the safety standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Commission as safe for human consumption."
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