New research commissioned by the advocacy group Moms Across America found detectable levels of glyphosate – the active herbicide ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup – in every sample tested.
The group says it tested two samples of each of the top five best-selling orange juice brands including Tropicana, Minute Maid, and several private label juices sold under the brand names Kirkland (Costco), Stater Brothers, and Signature Farms (Vons).
The tests revealed contamination levels ranging from 4.33 parts per billion (ppb) to 26.05 ppb – well below the EPA’s allowable levels of 30 ppb, but it’s enough to cause concern, the group says, particularly if one consumes more than a single serving of juice per day. On average, Americans consume 2.7 gallons of orange juice and three pounds of fresh oranges every year.
“The discovery of glyphosate residue in orange juice is unacceptable, especially since a branch of the World Health Organization designated glyphosate a probable carcinogen, two years ago,” Moms Across America founder Zen Honeycutt said in a statement. “The EPA has had ample time to revoke the license of this chemical and restrict its use in our food and beverage crops. As confirmed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, our children (who frequently drink orange juice for breakfast) are especially vulnerable to pesticides and measures should be taken immediately to protect them.”
In addition to being the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, glyphosate is used in 750 brands of herbicides and is the mostly widely used herbicide on the planet. It is routinely used on citrus crops, such as oranges.
Glyphosate residue has been found in other breakfast staple foods including wheat and oatmeal products as Organic Authority reported in 2016.
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