Monsanto was recently ordered to pay $289 million damages to Dewayne Johnson who claimed the products caused his cancer. Producing healthy, wholesome food is Quaker's number one priority, and we've been doing that for more than 140 years.
The World Health Organization's cancer research agency classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" in 2015.
Unfortunately, we have no idea if a product needs to be recalled or is unsafe for consumption if we're not informed.
National Farmers Federation president Fiona Simson said the science on the safety of glyphosate was "clear and overwhelming" and the court had set a "reckless precedent".
EWG used its own, more stringent standards to conclude that products with excessive levels of the herbicide included Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, Cheerios, Quaker Dinosaur Egg Instant Oats, Great Value Instant Oats, and Back to Nature Classic Granola.
The level considered safe to consume is 160 ppb.
But makers of the foods EWG tested said they and their suppliers operate within USA government safety guidelines and dismissed the group's findings as irrelevant. (See those statements, as well as EWG's response, at the bottom of this article).
Monsanto disputes that, saying in a statement, "glyphosate does not cause cancer" and "has a more than 40-year history of safe use". "The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow". 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.
"Australian farmers can continue to use glyphosate in accordance with the instructions of the label, knowing it is safe to do so". Of note, the jury that found Monsanto guilty wasn't swayed by arguments that the EPA and other watchdogs found no health risks posed by glyphosphates.
"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.
Both Ms Simson and Mr Young said glyphosate formed a crucial part of Australian farmers' tool-kit to control invasive weeds in food crops.
Even five of sixteen organic products tested had traces of glyphosate. Scientists point out that even organic oats corn and soy can all be contaminated if they sit next to fields where glyphosate is sprayed or if they are processed on the same equipment as conventionally grown oats. Once the oats are transported to us, we put them through our rigorous process that thoroughly cleanses them (de-hulled, cleaned, roasted and flaked).