Health Alert: Check Your Breakfast Cereals and Snack Bars

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The company was ordered to pay $289 million in damages to Dewayne Johnson, who worked for years as a school groundskeeper in California. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2014.

"From a purely scientific point of view I do not think that the judgment makes sense", Paul Pharoah, a professor of cancer epidemiology at Britain's University of Cambridge, said after the ruling. And in California, dying plaintiffs can be granted expedited trials. Producing healthy, wholesome food is Quaker's number one priority, and we've been doing that for more than 140 years.

"The EWG's claim about cancer is false".

"The jury awarded him $39.2 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages", according to The Wall Street Journal.

"The WHO was asking, 'Would this compound potentially cause cancer?' " he said. California has also added glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

A study published in May by a team at the National Cancer Institute found no evidence linking glyphosate with cancer. "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".

The chemical is a major part of Monsanto's business portfolio and extends far beyond consumer weedkiller products. Glyphosate does not just kill weeds, it also helps farmers prepare crops for harvest.

Agricultural giant Monsanto has been embroiled in a court case over its popular herbicide Roundup.

Roundup, introduced in 1974 and based on a chemical called glyphosate, has always been controversial.

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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.

While the cereals used in the study exceeded the Environmental Working Group standard, none of them come close to surpassing the EPA standard.

Back to Nature Banana Walnut Granola Clusters, Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, and Quaker Old Fashioned Oats were among the products that contained the highest levels of glyphosate, according to the EWG.

"Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels".

The Trump Administration's Waters of the USA rule was delivered a legal blow this week when a SC federal judge issued an injunction.

However, meeting government standards might not be enough to escape public backlash. "The agency's assessment found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label". (See those statements, as well as EWG's response, at the bottom of this article). And that was convincing to the jury.

"I was shocked", said Dr. Jennifer Lowry, who heads the Council on Environmental Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics and is a toxicologist at Children's Mercy Kansas City. Sehar Iqbal, the manager food for life campaign, Greenpeace India said, "The current ban leaves out monocrotophos and glyphosate, which still leaves farmers, farm workers and rural families (especially children) at risk and poisons the soil affecting farmer livelihoods, not to mention seriously compromising the health of consumers", she said. "And essentially we're just throwing it at them". Of those, only five of the products were discovered to have glyphosate, and at levels lower than the organization's benchmark.

With the companies nearing completion of their marathon merger process, significant developments are unfolding in lawsuits facing two of Monsanto's top weedkilling products - and soon to be inherited by Bayer.

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