Roundup Found in Popular Kids’ Cereals, Oatmeal and Granola Bars

Weed killer, it’s what’s for breakfast! Environmental Working Group finds glyphosate in almost all conventional oat products, and some organic ones.

Here’s the list of best and worst brands:

The Environmental Working Group found glyphosateUpload Files in almost 43 of 45 conventional oat products and 5 of 16 organic oat products it tested, including popular children’s cereals, oatmeal and granola bars.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, is classified as a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization, a “known carcinogen” by the State of California.

While Roundup has traditionally been associated with genetically engineered crops like corn and soy, non GE crops like wheat, oats, barley and beans are increasingly being drenched in the herbicide in a secretive practice that enables farmers to harvest them sooner.

The EWG scientists consider foods with glyphosate levels higher than 160 parts per billion unsafe. One sample of Quaker Oats contained 1300 parts per billion.

“I grew up eating Cheerios and Quaker Oats long before they were tainted with glyphosate,” said EWG President Ken Cook in a press release yesterday. “No one wants to eat a weed killer for breakfast, and no one should have to do so.”

Worst conventional brands:

1. Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, 1300 ppb

2. Giant Instant Oatmeal, 760 ppb

3. Back to Nature Granola, 620 ppb (the irony)

4. Cheerios Toasted Oat Cereal, 530 ppb

5. Market Pantry Instant Oatmeal, 520 ppb

6. Great Value Instant Oatmeal, 450 ppb

7. Lucky Charms, 400 ppb

8. Nature Valley Granola Bars, 340 ppb

9. Barbara’s Multigrain Cereal, 340 ppb

10. Bob’s Redmill Steel Cut Oats, 300 ppb

11. Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran Cereal, 250 ppb

Organic brands with NO glyphosate:

1. Nature’s Path Organic Granola

2. Simple Truth Organic Instant Oatmeal

3. Kashi Organic Heart to Heart Cereal

4. Cascadian Farm  Organic Granola Bars

5. 365 Organic Granola Bars

Organic Brands to Beware of:

1. Nature’s Path Organic Old Fashioned Oats, 30 ppb

2. Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Oats, 20 ppb

The EWG claims the American government has known these foods contain unsafe levels of glyphosate for years, but has been keeping it secret.

“In April, internal emails obtained by the nonprofit US Right to Know revealed that the Food and Drug Administration has been testing food for glyphosate for two years and has found “a fair amount,” but the FDA has not released its findings,” the press release says.





20 responses to “Roundup Found in Popular Kids’ Cereals, Oatmeal and Granola Bars”

  1. Diane Avatar

    This would be a much better article if there wasn’t a link to shop related products that you just stated we’re contaminated with pesticides.

    1. Becca Avatar

      Herbicide. And perhaps to show you which products? A picture may have been a better choice though.

    2. Caterina PLATT Avatar
      Caterina PLATT

      That’s a Google thing. I know what you’re saying, but not something the blog owner can control.

    3. Tara Avatar

      Hahahah, that’s too funny. But the adds are not specific to the blog. My adds are for bank loans.

    4. ~Mara Avatar

      Propaganda and useful Real information will always be swirled together now…
      It’s a way to confuse the consumer.
      These companies are well aware of the potential for loss,.. paying big $ to post their product amidst the harmful information drawing your attention to a products dangers….

      Be sharp. Read the article and skip the commercial. Make your choice based on the initial reason for purposefully clicking the article. What drew you?
      Same as television or radio. You did not turn it on to watch or listen to commercials. You arrived at an article or show by selecting a subject of interest.
      Be Aware.

      1. BeckyJo Middlebrooks Avatar
        BeckyJo Middlebrooks

        You said that much better than I would have. But I would’ve tried to say the same thing.

    5. Momof5 Avatar

      the Shop related products are based on your search history…. not the blogger’s suggestions. 🙂
      tracking cookies keep up with your search and purchase history.

    6. Pam Avatar


  2. Tina Avatar

    Just wondering about Canadian brands?

    1. Eating Organic Avatar
      Eating Organic

      Monsanto is in Canada, you decide.

  3. Jan McRoberts Avatar

    so, I have both in my cupboard. Is there any compensation for these products?

  4. Karen Wishart Avatar
    Karen Wishart

    How do you find out about bulk oatmeal?

  5. JL Avatar

    COSTCO gives $ back if you bought item(s) there.

  6. alberta Avatar

    What about Aldi’s…. Millville oatmeal?

  7. Sandra Yori Avatar

    what do we do now…I have had them since I was a kid…

  8. Sarah Avatar

    I do think pesticides do not have a place in our farm fields. Maybe we’ll have to go back to the old days, where farms were only a few hundred acres or less, but not thousands of acres.

    That said, working around the forest industry, pesticides do have a place in forests, marshes, native grass fields, etc. Our natural beauty will be lost to invasive species if we can’t spray them.

    1. Laura Avatar

      Sarah, that is utterly stupid. Where do you think the build up of pesticides in the forests ends up eventually? Nothing goes away so politely and conveniently just because we hope it will. Spraying the forest has so many negative consequences and what about the people going out into the forest to forage food that they think is ‘natural,’ yet is covered in this crap. Herbs, mushrooms, tree bark, animals that eat all that as well like deer and elk. Not all food comes from a farm. The invasive species are a problem, I agree, but often they are also a reliable food source and by harvesting them there is a better chance for an organic control than spraying.

  9. Shari Avatar

    Is there a recall?

  10. Dana Anglin Avatar
    Dana Anglin

    just curious here, but for the bottom Organic list, How can they claim it as organic if pesticides are used?

  11. Angela McDermott Avatar
    Angela McDermott

    Whenever I see information such as this, I wonder what the farmers themselves have in their pantries. Do they eat their own produce, glyphosate and all?