An independent organization has done some testing on a variety of popular food products and have found them to contain various residual quantities of glyphosate, a weed killer. As a result of these tests, they have called out for actions to fix this public health hazard.
Glyphosate has apparently been discovered in crackers, cookies, chips and cereals that are consumed predominantly by young adults and children. This information has been revealed in the ‘’Detox Project’’ which was led by Food Democracy Now, in their laboratory in San Francisco. Their laboratory has used a very reliable method for analyzing residues of glyphosate named LC-MS/MS, which is the acronym for liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. The general scientific community regards it as a the most reliable method for the testing of these types of residue.
These private investigations might have initially been kick-started due to the Food and Drug Administration’s own struggling attempts to properly analyze the potential herbicide present in these consumer food products. Although the FDA does quite a lot of routine tests on various foods, tests for pesticides included, it has only done a test for glyphosate this year.
The Anresco laboratory has done tests on about 29 common foods that can be bought from groceries and apparently glyphosate has been found in several of these products. Cheerios apparently had 1.125.3 ppb (or parts per billion) of glyphosate residue, Kashi cookies had 275.57 ppb, and Ritz Crackers measured at 270.24 ppb. Some varying levels have been discovered in the Special K cereals by Kellogg, and several others.
These measurements, however, re rough estimates according to the researchers and do not reflect any sort of accurate residue representation. The companies behind these products have not released any sort of public statement regarding these tests.