Monsanto: 'The jury got it wrong' in cancer lawsuit

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Lab tests conducted by the left-leaning Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit advocacy group that specializes in toxic chemicals and corporate accountability, indicated nearly three-fourths of the 45 food products tested detected high levels of glyphosate, which has been identified as a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization in 2015.

Nearly three-fourths of the samples tested had glyphosate levels higher than what EWG scientists consider protective of children's health with an adequate margin of safety.

As for organic oat products, the advocacy group sampled 16 products, finding only five containing glyphosate.

And last week, a jury awarded $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who claimed Roundup weed killer contributed to his terminal cancer.

"This is the most widely used pesticide in the country", said Bill Walker, Vice-President of the Environmental Working Group.

If you're a health nut like me, the foods you eat and the effect it has on your health is very important to you. However the FDA has not yet released any official results.

The company faces more trials involving other plaintiffs.

Quaker responded to the EWG's report with a statement which read in part, "We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products".

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"I was shocked", said Dr. Jennifer Lowry, who heads the Council on Environmental Health for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Monsanto disputes that, saying in a statement, "glyphosate does not cause cancer" and "has a more than 40-year history of safe use". So what happens is that glyphosate being one of the most common pesticides out there is you have what's called drift - where the other farms are spraying their crops with glyphosate.

The France-based International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate as a "probable human carcinogen" in 2015.

According to Paul Pharoah, professor of cancer epidemiology at the University of Cambridge, the court's finding did not mean that glyphosate necessarily caused cancer.

It is especially disappointing because these two multi-billion dollar companies can take the simple step of telling their oat farmers to stop using glyphosate as a harvest-time desiccant on their crops. "And essentially we're just throwing it at them".

The EPA and the Food and Drug Administration say they are studying the current guidance for safe levels of glyphosate in food. 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. But in a swift rejoinder, the NFF said the United States court decision was "in blatant ignorance" of science.

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. "Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits of the safety standards set by the EPA and the European Commission as safe for human consumption".

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