Since independent labs in the United States have been finding glyphosate residue in all kinds of foods such as cereal, granola, snack items and even natural food brands – it’s no surprise that Canada should find the same contamination issue in their treasured foods as well.
An independent Canadian lab has demonstrated that glyphosate – the active ingredient in weedkillers like Monsanto’s Roundup – is actually a common, hidden ingredient in children’s snacks and lunch foods sold across the nation.
The Coalition for Action on Toxics was commissioned to test Canada’s favorite foods. Some of the typical Canadian foods found to have glyphosate residue include Tim Horton’s Timbits and bagels, Cheerios, Catelli multigrain spaghetti and Fontaine Santé hummus.
Muhannad Malas of Environmental Defence said:
It is disconcerting that this harmful pesticide is consistently showing up in food products that most children eat daily. Exposure adds up.
Growing scientific evidence and international regulatory action show that Canadians should be concerned.
Sustainable Pulse reports:
Chickpea and wheat-based products were among the highest contaminated because these crops are often sprayed with glyphosate just weeks before they are harvested. Canadian growers are concerned about current levels of contamination because of impacts on exports due to higher standards in other countries.
In a much larger study conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, glyphosate was found in more than 30 per cent of food products tested, and in some cases was above Health Canada’s “safe” limits of contamination. Two recent testing reports from the U.S., one conducted by Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project and one by EWG, have also discovered many popular U.S. brands are contaminated with glyphosate.
Health Canada worked in close collaboration with the U.S. EPA in its evaluation of glyphosate, concluding in 2017 to continue to allow the use of glyphosate for another 15 years. In August 2017, Équiterre, Environmental Defence and its partners filed a Notice of Objection to the re-evaluation of glyphosate, raising concerns that the evaluation either failed to consider or even dismissed important scientific evidence on risks to public health and ecosystems.
More consumers are concerned about glyphosate than ever since the World Health Organization’s International Cancer Research Agency classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015.
Additionally, the highly publicized court case against Monsanto regarding a dying groundskeeper who alleged that Roundup caused his terminal cancer finally created waves of doubt in consumers about the supposed safety of the product. A jury found Monsanto guilty and stated that the corporation acted with “malice, oppression and fraud.”
“Monsanto knowingly downplayed the risks using fraudulent science and backdoor negotiations with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” says Sustainable Pulse.
Karen Ross of Équiterre said:
Canadian families need to be assured that government regulations are adequately protecting them.
But how can we be confident when we know that Canada’s closest ally in its evaluation of glyphosate used fraudulent science and negotiated with Monsanto to downplay risks?
Because of the findings, the coalition is now demanding Cananda’s government to get back to the fortitude of its original regulations: the Pest Control Products Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).
See the full report and food testing results: whatsinyourlunch.ca
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This article (Canada Finds Glyphosate Contamination In Their Popular Food Products) was originally published at Natural Blaze and is reposted here with permission.