Cancer-Causing Weed Killer Ingredient Found In Kids' Breakfast Cereals

Cancer-Causing Weed Killer Ingredient Found In Dozens Of Cereals

August 16, 2018 Updated June 8, 2020

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Cheerios, Lucky Charms and more were found to contain glyphosate, a common weed killer ingredient

Testing done by a nonprofit that says it wants to hold corporations accountable has reportedly shown high levels of a weed killer ingredient in cereals, including Cheerios, Lucky Charms and Quaker Old Fashioned Oats. The ingredient, glyphosate, was classified as a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization in 2015, though there are large corporations fighting that label, because of course there are.

According to Fox 32 News, this revelation comes just days after a jury at the Superior Court of California awarded $289 million in damages to Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a groundskeeper who sued Monsanto after claiming the weed killers he used containing glyphosate caused him to develop non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Johnson’s case was the first of about 4,000 people who claim the weed killer caused their cancer, and plan to sue the companies that use glyphosate in their products.