Nobody really expects tabloid papers to write sensible news articles but every once in a while one of them goes that extra distance to produce something especially barmy.
This week it’s the turn of The Sun, who published an article called WHY YOUR MORNING PORRIDGE COULD BE KILLING YOU.
No doubt causing hundreds, if not thousands, of alarmed Brits to spit out mouthfuls of the grey cereal as they took in the headline at the breakfast table, the article begins with the same tone, stating ‘the daily bowl of steaming oatmeal could actually be DEADLY’ because it contains ‘an unhealthy dose of carcinogenic WEEDKILLER’.
The article is about a lawsuit taking place in New York against Quaker Oats after testing found traces of the herbicide glyphosate in some oatmeal.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in weedkiller such as Roundup and was classified last year as a ‘probable’ carcinogen by the World Health Organisation.
However, the levels of glyphosate detected fall well below the limits set by both US and EU regulators that would pose a risk if consumed by humans. The tests revealed glyphosate levels at 1.18 parts per million, well below the 30 parts per million level allowed in cereal grains by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The lawsuit in the US acknowledges this. It states ‘There is nothing unlawful about Quaker Oats’ growing and processing methods’. The lawsuit has nothing to do with health risks. What it’s concerned with is false advertising, because Quaker Oats is advertised as ‘100% natural’.
Although the WHO classification as ‘probable’ carcinogen may sound alarming, it’s worth remembering that classified carcinogens include alcohol, processed meats and salted fish.
So the story here is that your morning porridge is probably not quite as healthy and natural as you thought it was. But, contrary to The Sun‘s infantile reporting, you’re more likely to die at the breakfast table of a heart attack after over-reacting to sensationalist tabloid rubbish.
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