WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency is formally requesting comments on a petition filed by EWG and food companies seeking to significantly limit the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Bayer / Monsanto herbicide Roundup, on the oats used to Make a variety of products for children. Food, such as breakfast bars and cereals.
The EPA announced today that it will open a 30-day public comment period starting Monday, May 6.
Two rounds of laboratory tests commissioned by the EWG found glyphosate in almost all oat cereal samples and other breakfast products at levels higher than the EWG considers protective of children's health.
"No parent should worry about whether feeding their children with oatmeal-based foods will also expose them to a cancer-related chemical," said EWG Legislative Director Colin O'Neil.
"If the EPA finally supports this request, it could be the beginning of the end for one of the main sources of exposure to glyphosate in the diets of children and adults," O'Neil said. "We can be sure that the pesticide / agrochemical lobby will not stand aside, however, over the next month, it will be of the utmost importance that the EPA listen to as many Americans as possible to generate the necessary pressure to finally ban this unnecessary use of the herbicide that causes cancer in Monsanto. "
"For too long, millions of Americans have been receiving a dose of this toxic herbicide along with their breakfast," said EWG Senior Scientific Advisor for Children's Environmental Health, Olga Naidenko, Ph.D. "If the EPA really cares about the health of children, it should cut off the largest source of exposure to glyphosate from the foods that children eat on a daily basis."
The legal limit of the EPA for glyphosate residues is 30 parts per million, or ppm. The petition, along with 18 industry leaders, is asking EPA to set a protection standard of 0.1 ppm, which was the legal limit in 1993.
In the last 25 years, the EPA has increased the amount of glyphosate residues allowed in oats 300 times. The first increase, at 20 ppm, was granted in response to a request from Monsanto in 1997, when farmers around the world began using glyphosate as an end-of-season drying agent. It increased to the current level of 30 ppm in 2008.
Since then, scientists have linked glyphosate with cancer, and researchers around the world have called for stricter limits for exposure to glyphosate.
In 2015, 17 of the world's leading cancer researchers convened by the International Agency for Research on Cancer reviewed hundreds of studies on glyphosate and voted unanimously to clbadify the herbicide as "probably carcinogenic to humans." In 2017, California added glyphosate to its official list of chemicals known to cause cancer.
A new badysis of glyphosate, published in April by the Agency for Toxic Substances and the Disease Registry, which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. UU., It gives weight to the studies that relate glyphosate and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and recommends controlling the exposure of children to this toxic. herbicide.
The petition, filed for the first time in September by EWG, now includes MegaFood, Ben & Jerry's, Stonyfield Organic, MOM's Organic Market, Nature's Path, One Degree Organic Foods, National Co + op Grocers, Happy Family Organics, Amy's Kitchen, Clif Bar & Company, Organic's Best Organic, GrandyOats, INFRA, KIND Healthy Snacks, Lundberg Family Farms, Organic Valley, Patagonia Provisions and PCC Community Markets.
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