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100 Percent False

Check out the back of a box of Post’s Shredded Wheat, and you’ll find the words “100% Natural Whole Grain Wheat” and a “Natural Source of Fiber.”

Post also boasts that Shredded Wheat is “made with nothing but goodness.” 

But it just ain’t so.

When an independent lab in California tested samples of Shredded Wheat cereal, it found traces of Monsanto’s glyphosate. 

This week, OCA sued Post for falsely marketing Shredded Wheat as “natural” so the company could tap into the growing consumer demand for healthy organic and natural products, and for failing to disclose that the cereal brand contains glyphosate.

According to the test results, the amount of glyphosate in Shredded Wheat—0.18 parts per million—falls below the level allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That’s small comfort, given that the EPA bases its “safe” limits according to what the industry says it needs, not according to what science says is actually safe.

Even more concerning? A growing number of studies show that glyphosate in low trace amounts may be even more hazardous to your health than larger amounts. According to one recent study, even at levels below those approved by regulatory agencies, glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor—and endocrine disruption may result in cancer, reproductive and developmental problems, and birth defects. 

And finally, let’s not forget that just last year, 17 of the world’s experts on cancer, all members of the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), unanimously agreed that glyphosate is a “probable” human carcinogen.

How did glyphosate get into Shredded Wheat, which isn’t made from GMO wheat? In order to sell more of its flagship product, Monsanto pushes wheat farmers to spray their crops with Roundup in order to dry them out pre-harvest.

Read the press release

Read the complaint against Shredded Wheat

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