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Glyphosate Found in Food Products

Undetermined Health Implications


Two nonprofit organizations are asking for a federal investigation into the likely harmful effects of glyphosate on human health and the environment.

A recent report revealed that testing completed at a U.S. FDA-registered lab found residue levels of glyphosate in popular packaged food products such as cereal, cookies and crackers.

The testing and analysis was performed at the request of Food Democracy Now, which bills itself as "a grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects (the) natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families." Also involved was The Detox Project, a research platform that supports testing for man-made chemicals in food and in people's bodies.

The environmental news site EcoWatch reported that the method used to produce the results, liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry, is widely considered by the scientific community and regulators as the most reliable for analyzing glyphosate residues.

The report noted that glyphosate is found in Monsanto's Roundup, which is the most heavily used chemical weed killer in food and agricultural production. According to the report's authors, "new scientific evidence shows that probable harm to human health could begin at ultra-low levels of glyphosate e.g. 0.1 parts per billions." Tested foods had measured rates between 289.47 ppb and 1,125.3 ppb.

Current U.S. regulations set the acceptable daily intake of glyphosate residues in food at 1.75 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day, which the report labels as a very high level.

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June 18, 2019, 6:31 pm PDT

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