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A number of popular breakfast cereals, granolas, oatmeal and snack bars could possibly contain a unsafe weed killer called glyphosate, produced by the Monsanto company, according to a report broadcast on New York's ABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News.

Last week a San Francisco jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a former school groundskeeper dying of cancer, saying the company's popular Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease.

The Environmental Working Group said it tested 45 samples of breakfast foods and found traces of glyphosate in 31 of them. He said he and his team at EWG had a lab test involving "45 samples of products made with conventionally grown oats" and found glyphosate - the active ingredient in the Monsanto weed-killer Roundup - in all but two. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) both recently reaffirmed glyphosate does not cause cancer. Producing healthy, wholesome food is Quaker's number one priority, and we've been doing that for more than 140 years.

The food industry giant, Monsanto, who owns the Roundup brand (the most widely used glyphosate brand), disputed claims made by the World Health Organization that glyphosate is a "probably carcinogen". Glyphosate has a more than 40-year history of safe use.

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Quaker Oats released a statement, "We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products".

Popular children items, including General Mills' Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, Lucky Charm's, Kellogg's Cracklin' Oat Bran and Quaker's Old Fashioned Oats, all had levels exceeding EWG's safety guidelines. "We continue to work closely with farmers, our suppliers and conservation organizations to minimize the use of pesticides on the crops and ingredients we use in our foods", General Mills added.

The EPA and the Food and Drug Administration say they are studying the current guidance for safe levels of glyphosate in food.

The Environmental Working Group says they feel a stricter limit is needed, especially because research often does not focus on long-term effects on children, who have smaller body mass than adults. In response to the lawsuit, Partridge gave a statement to CNN.

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"Australian farmers can continue to use glyphosate in accordance with the instructions of the label, knowing it is safe to do so". "And essentially we're just throwing it at them".

However, the levels that EWG considers to be high doesn't violate the legal limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency.

A new study has revealed that Quaker oats' and other breakfast cereals consumed by children in North American contain risky levels of glyphosate, a herbicide which has been described as a probable cause of cancer by the World Health Organisation.

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Dr. Lowry heads the council on environmental health for the American Academy of Pediatrics. "Monsanto said it is aware of about 5,200 cases where plaintiffs claim that they have been exposed to glyphosate-based products", one trader in Frankfurt told EURACTIV on condition of anonymity.

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