Are There Unsafe Chemicals Found in Our GF Oats

Are There Unsafe Chemicals Found in Our GF Oats

The short answer is “NO”. There are no unsafe chemicals found in our oats. This answer comes with a statement from GF Harvest.

Thank you to those who have taken the time to message and email us regarding the article that broke in the USA regarding the findings of high levels of Glyphosphate. The activated chemical ingredient found in Roundup and over 700 other garden and agricultural products, found in Oats and associated oat products in the USA.

Glyphosphate has been used for over 50 years now to assist with weed prevention. I’m sure many of you have used or maybe still using a herbicide or some sort to assist you to control weeds around your home. Well, effectively that is why farmers predominately use herbicides to control weeds at a commercial level.

More recently we have been made aware that farming practices had turned to use Roundup to spray crops, namely wheat. They spray close to harvest to ensure that the plants were all dead at harvest time. Of course, Organic farming does not use any Glyphosate-based products.

What the Experts Say

Many health and agricultural experts say that humans don’t absorb glyphosate in the same way they do harmful chemicals like DDT. So it’s safe in low quantities — like what’s left on sprayed crops after they’re harvested, cleaned, and prepared for food sales.

In 2015, however, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen after studies linked it to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In 2016, the FDA  announced that it would begin testing for glyphosate in four widely used crops: soybeans, corn, milk, and eggs.

I have added some excerpts, links and information below so you can follow through on the story if you had not heard. However below is a letter from our suppliers GF Harvest in Wyoming. Assuring us all here in Australia that the GF Oats we provide our customers both in Traditional and Organic is definitely free from the contamination of Glyphosate practices.

Here is a link to the official letter by GF Harvest

EXCERPT FROM CNN REPORT

Introduced to the American market in 1974, glyphosate is a herbicide that can kill both broadleaf plants and grasses. Glyphosate products are used on farms, industrial areas, public parks, residential lawns and gardens. And aquatic systems for agricultural and forestry purposes. 

For its new report, the Environmental Working Group conducted toxicology tests on dozens of oat-based foods sold across the country. And used a health benchmark for glyphosate based on a cancer risk assessment that was developed by California state scientists, explained Alexis Temkin, author of the report and the group’s toxicologist.

“EWG used that level to then develop a guideline that was more protective for children’s health,” Temkin said. “It’s 100-fold lower.” The Environmental Working Group’s guideline amount is 0.01 milligram per day, Naidenko said. Should this small amount be present in a single portion of food — about 2 ounces, 60 grams or roughly two cups of cereal — that would amount to a concentration of 160 parts per billion.

In other words, the group says that a person eating two cups of cereal a day contaminated by 160 parts of glyphosate per billion would have a one in a million risk of cancer linked to the chemical, according to Naidenko.

Of 45 samples of food products made with conventionally grown oats, two had no detectable glyphosate, 12 had levels of glyphosate that were lower than the group’s acceptable health benchmark, and 31 had levels of glyphosate at or higher than the benchmark. The highest levels were detected in two samples of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats.

“Quaker does not add glyphosate during any part of the milling process,” the company said in a statement. “Glyphosate is commonly used by farmers across the industry who apply it pre-harvest. Once the oats are transported to us, we put them through our rigorous process that thoroughly cleanses them (de-hulled, cleaned, roasted and flaked). Any levels of glyphosate that may remain are significantly below any limits and well within compliance of the safety standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the European Commission as safe for human consumption.”

In the tests, glyphosate was also found at detectable concentrations in five of 16 organic oat food samples.

2018-09-12T10:22:23+00:00

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