A New Study Discovers The Use of Controversial Pesticide in Common Canadian Foods

A new study conducted by Environmental Defence and the Coalition for Action on Toxics has discovered that there are traces of pesticides in a number of popular and common Canadian foods. 

A new study conducted by Environmental Defence and the Coalition for Action on Toxics has discovered that there are traces of pesticides in a number of popular and common Canadian foods.

The pesticide in question is called Glysophate and is an active ingredient in a household weed killer. The pesticide has been labelled a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization discovered through research that “glyphosate has been shown to contribute to non-Hodgskin’s lymphoma” which is an aggressive type of blood cancer that usually results in death.

According to the study the following items all contained trace amounts of glyphosate:

  • PC Blue Menu 100% Whole Grain Tortillas
  • Cheerios Cereal
  • Catelli Healthy Harvest Multigrain Spaghetti
  • The Original Orea Cookie
  • Unico Chickpeas
  • Fontaine Sante Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • Kellogs Froot Loops Cereal
  • Kraft Dinner Original Mac & Cheese
  • Pogo Original
  • Quaker Large Flake Oats
  • Ritz Original Crackers
  • Sabra Classic Hummus
  • Tim Hortons Chocolate Glazed Timbits
  • Tim Hortons Sesame Seed Bagels

The results of the study are troubling as many Canadians have enjoyed at least one product on the list above. It wouldn’t be a surprise to discover that some Canadians have multiple items from the list every week.  The results revealed that some items, most commonly the grain products “were found to contain [glyphosate] levels above Health Canada’s ‘safe’ limits.”

The Environment Defence commented that it’s “disconcerting that a harmful pesticide is consistently showing up in food products that most children eat daily.” The statement concluded that exposure to the pesticide “… adds up.”