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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) yesterday released its second installment of research that found trace amounts of the herbicide glyphosate in common foods. The first report, released in August, sparked widespread media attention, as well as criticism, over its claims that breakfast foods popular with children contain trace amounts of the chemical and should therefore be avoided.

This time around, EWG zeroed in on oat-based cereals, snack bars and granola made by General Mills and Quaker. The nonprofit found low levels of glyphosate in 28 products tested, and deemed nearly all to have unsafe amounts of the herbicide. Note: EWG scientists used a much lower safety standard than the one EPA employs.

When the first report came out, Quaker and General Mills, along with other food companies identified, refuted its conclusions by pointing out the difference between EPA's threshold and the standard EWG applied. In response, EWG said that "just because something is legal doesn't mean it's safe" and pushed for EPA to further limit glyphosate residues and to prohibit its use as a drying agent on crops such as oats.

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