Study finds traces of Roundup in popular children’s breakfast cereals
September 20, 2018
A new study has found that traces of the herbicide Roundup have been detected in some children’s cereals. Experts concerned about the health effects of glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – say that the presence of the chemical in cereals for children could increase the risk of cancer for children who consume these products.
Although Roundup and other products containing glyphosate are among the most widely used herbicides in the world, these widespread use of these products is not without controversy. Many experts believe that exposure to glyphosate can increase the risk of developing cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In August 2018, a California man was awarded $189 million in damages against Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, after he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after years of on-the-job exposure to the weed killer.
Concerned about the link between Roundup and cancer, researchers at the Environmental Working Group conducted a study to examine whether children may be exposed to glyphosate. The groups tested 45 breakfast foods containing oats that had been sprayed with Roundup or other glyphosate herbicides.
The Environmental Working Group found that glyphosate was present in 31 of the 45 products they tested, including Cheerios and Quaker Oats. According to researchers, the levels of glyphosate found in these products were above the levels that are considered safe for children to be exposed to.
Spokespeople for Quaker Oats and General Mills, the manufacturer of Cheerios, both stated that their products were safe and met federal food safety standards. A representative for the Food and Drug Administration said that it would review the findings of the Environmental Working Group study.
Monsanto is currently facing hundreds of lawsuits across the U.S. filed on behalf of individuals who were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other cancers after being exposed to Roundup. According to the company, about 5,200 lawsuit have been filed nationwide involving claims related to lymphoma or other diseases linked to exposure to Roundup.
Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of Roundup Cancer Victims
If you or a loved one were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other types of cancer after being exposed to Roundup or other herbicides containing glyphosate, you may qualify to file a lawsuit. The first step in taking legal action is to speak with an attorney who can advise you regarding your legal rights and guide you through the first steps of filing a claim.
The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have achieved verdicts and settlements for our clients totally hundreds of millions of dollars. Our firm has filed personal injury and product liability claims against some of the largest corporations in the world, including chemical companies, pharmaceutical giants, oil and gas companies, and other multinational conglomerates.
For more information about filing a lawsuit over non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or other cancers caused by exposure to Roundup and other glyphosates, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson for a free legal consultation. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by following the link to our free Roundup case evaluation form and answering a few questions about your case to get started.