Cancer Causing Chemical Found in New York Foods, Answers Wanted
New York officials are asking for answers after a cancer-causing weed-killing chemical was found in everyday foods.
On the heels of a new report by the Environmental Working Group that shows the presence of a probable cancer-causing chemical, glyphosate, in everyday foods like breakfast cereals, granola bars, oatmeal and more, Senator Charles Schumer is demanding the FDA release its findings on a two-year study on the chemical.
According to Schumer's office, the FDA has been has been studying the chemical and its presence in everyday foods for about two years—but hasn’t released a full report to Congress or the public on any of the findings.
“Startling headlines about glyphosate are popping up like weeds themselves, giving root to lots of serious questions and concerns for the government to act,” Schumer said in a press release. “So, I am making it known today that the federal government is in fact investigating this chemical, and I am here today to ask them to provide us all with an update on their work so that concerned parents and consumers can get the answers they seek.”
Glyphosate, which was linked to cancer by California state scientists and the World Health Organization, was found in all but two of 45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oat, tested by the Environmental Working Group.
Almost 75% of those samples had glyphosate levels higher than what Environmental Working Group scientists consider protective of children’s health with an adequate margin of safety.
Scientists test granola, cereals, instant oats, snack bars and whole oats.
Schumer is pushing to FDA to update the public on the study to help tamp down new public panic and deliver fact-based answers to worried parents and consumers who are taking a look at the weed killer chemical like never before.
“Respected science tells us that at certain levels, the presence of glyphosate in foods is not life-threatening, but we also don’t know exactly how continued or prolonged exposure might play a role in how our bodies—or the bodies of children—breakdown its molecular structure in those foods. Simply put, the FDA must not only weed out the facts on glyphosate, but they must update the public on their progress. I have full confidence in their ability to effectively continue this study, but we are here to send them a message: get going,” Schumer said.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup. Last week a jury ordered the makers of Roundup pay $289 million in damages to a man dying of cancer. The man claimed he got cancer from his exposure to large quantities of Roundup.