The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has finally done what the U.S. government refuses to do, which is testing foods that are commonly consumed by people to find residues for the weed killer, a controversial herbicide that is linked to cancer. The results aren’t great, as the agency found glyphosate a pesticide, which was found in branded herbicides, and was in 29.7% of the 3,188 foods tested.
Glyphosate was common in 47.4% of lentil, peas, and beans products, 31% of baby cereals, and 36.6% of grain products. There were only 1.3% of samples, where the Glyphosate residue levels were above the level set by Canadian regulators. However, around 3.9% of the grain products had more weed killer than was allowed.
The Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) generally differ from pesticide to pesticide and food to food, while there are separate limits in every country. They are placed, because agrichemical industry and regulators state that consuming residue levels lower than the MRLs is safe, and will not lead to any complications. However, a lot of medical professionals and scientists have labeled these statements as false, especially with Glyphosate.
The pesticide is commonly sprayed onto crops such as canola, sugar beets, soybeans, and corn. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classed Glyphosate as a human carcinogen in 2015 after years of research found that it resulted in DNA damage in the blood of humans who were exposed to it.
However, regulatory bodies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have claimed that Glyphosate isn’t a carcinogenic, but there is a lot of controversy surrounding this subject. There were claims made that the company may have ghost-written studies, in order to affirm the safety of the chemical, which was used by regulators.