Report Shows- Controversial Chemical Herbicide Found in Childrens Food Items

According to new research sponsored by Environmental Defence Canada’s advocacy group, and autonomously performed by Anresco Laboratories, California, discovered that 18 most commonly consumed household food items ranging from chocolate glazed Timbits to Oreos and Cheerios have a controversial chemical used for killing the weed. Chemically identified as glyphosate, this weed-killing substance is an active ingredient of a chemical herbicide commonly available to the farmers under the brand name of Roundup and a large number of other agricultural or gardening products.
The products that were tested positive for glyphosate included multiple food items and snacks for children being sold in Canada such as Tim Horton’s sesame seed bagels and chocolate glazed Timbits, Kraft Dinner Original macaroni and cheese, breakfast cereals like Kellogg’s Froot Loops and General Mills’ Cheerios, Ritz Original crackers, two brands of hummus, and even President’s Choice tortillas. Wheat-based products and chickpeas were to found to have the highest amount of glyphosate contamination, probably because these crops are mostly sprayed with the chemical when the harvesting stage is near.
The study found minute levels of glyphosate, which were in the parts per billion and deemed safe as per the levels set by Health Canada in the parts per million. Environmental Defence Canada; however, stated that regardless of the minute levels of glyphosate contamination, the fact that the traces of this chemical herbicide has been discovered in the food in the first place is shocking for most of the Canadian population. Environmental Defence Canada’s Toxics Program Manager Muhannad Malas stated that these findings indicate that consumers do not have any knowledge about ingesting the trace amounts of this disputed herbicides particularly the children.
The concern of glyphosate has been a widely debated matter. Findings of a number of studies and even a California jury ruled that this controversial weed-killing chemical has been a cause for terminal cancer. On the other hand, several other reports and a recent one from Health Canada concluded that it does not pose any kind of health risk.
Environmental Defence Canada is a public action environmental organization and one of its priorities include discouraging the practice of using harmful chemical substances such as glyphosate in foods consumed on a daily basis. Glyphosate is the most commonly used weed-killing chemical with a 40 years old record of safe use. It has been registered for use in above 160 countries. Regulatory bodies such as Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have strict rules in place for the use of pesticides and their set limits for daily exposure are at least 100 times lower than the quantity deemed safe for use by the studies. Human health and wellbeing authorities of Canada have comprehensively studied the use of glyphosate and certified it safe when used as per the labeled instructions. For instance, Health Canada provided a clear statement that eating traditionally grown foods do not cause any risk because of the pesticides residues.

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