During most of 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) coordinated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in preparation for a major initiative to test food for residues of glyphosate (a key ingredient in the pesticide Roundup® by Monsanto).
According to an in-depth report by the Huffington Post, the testing was scheduled to begin April 1, 2017, and called for the collection and testing of 315 samples of corn syrup from across the United States between April and August—however, the testing never happened.
Last year under the stewardship of President Donald J. Trump, the USDA quietly dropped the testing plan even though the World Health Organization and the State of California have both confirmed a link between glyphosate and cancer.
The use of Roundup® in America has increased exponentially from 11 million pounds in 1987 to nearly 300 million pounds in 2016, and earlier this year Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages in the company’s first ever Roundup® related cancer trial. The lawsuit was filed by a man who claimed the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, which includes Roundup®, caused his cancer.
Recently, California Congressman Ted Lieu, (D – 33rd District), called for a probe by the Department of Justice into Monsanto’s actions.
A recent report found glyphosate is in children’s breakfast cereals, including Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and Quaker Oats. The report, a collaboration between the organizations, Food Democracy Now! and the Detox Project, provided the first ever independent and FDA-registered laboratory food testing results for glyphosate residues in iconic American food brands. High levels of glyphosate were found in some of the nation’s most popular brands. The report is available online at: