Kellogg Company, maker of Frosted Flakes and Pop Tarts, is phasing out the use of wheat and oats that have been treated with the chemical glyphosate – the active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup – as a pre-harvest drying agent.
“We know that some consumers have questions about the use of the herbicide glyphosate (also known by the name of RoundUp) as a drying agent a few weeks before harvest, particularly with wheat and oats,” the company said on its Open for Breakfast website. “This practice is done by some farmers in certain circumstances – like harvesting the crop more quickly if weather is challenging.”
Kellogg said the practice is not widespread, and is not an approved practice in the United States. Regardless, the company said it would work with its suppliers to phase out using glyphosate as a pre-drying agent in the wheat and oat that it uses by the end of 2025.
“In addition, we are working with farmers through our Kellogg’s Origins program, expanding and further investing in programs that focus on conservation practices and integrated pest management, which can reduce the need for chemical plant protection,” the company said.
In 2018, advocacy group Environmental Working Group announced that testing revealed two out of 45 samples of foods made with conventionally grown oats contained glyphosate. Several samples showed levels of the chemical high enough to be considered hazardous to children’s health.
Roundup was introduced by agrochemical company Monsanto in the 1970s and has grown to become one of the most widely used herbicides in the world. In 2018, Germany-based Bayer AG purchased the company for $63 billion. The company is currently facing more than 42,000 lawsuits alleging exposure to glyphosate causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Beasley Allen is investigating cases involving non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma related to the commercial application of Roundup/glyphosate. For more information or to discuss a possible claim, contact John Tomlinson, Danielle Ingram, Michael Dunphy or Rhon Jones.