People are becoming worried about Roundup herbicide residues which bring about more private testing.
The U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are trying to find out if the substances that extends from breakfast cereal to baby formulas would contain the residues of the most commonly used herbicide that had increasingly perturbed many regarding its dangers to cause disease.
The main interest is on the key ingredient in Roundup which is the glyphosate. The request of testing for the residue had increased when a World Health Organization research unit announced they have categorized glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
“The requests keep coming in,” stated Ben Winkler, the laboratory manager at Microbe Inotech Laboratories in St. Louis. A request would be sent to them three to four times a week to test foods and other products for the residue compared to the previous years where requests would only come three to four times a year based on their records.
“Some people want to stay out in front of this. Nobody knows what it means yet, but a lot of people are testing,” stated Winkler.
The manufacturer of Roundup, Monsanto Co, had stated in a blog to ease out doubts and worries over their product regarding residues of glyphosate.”According to physicians and other food safety experts, the mere presence of a chemical itself is not a human health hazard. It is the amount, or dose, that matters,” Monsanto senior toxicologist Kimberly Hodge-Bell stated. She said that a very small quantity may not cause harm.
Other studies may have shown that glyphosate is safe yet some have concluded it could still cause health problems to humans. Critics say it is commonly found in the environment that constant exposure to the smallest amount of glyphosate may still put someone’s health at risk.