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Report: General Mills Products Contain Weed Killer

The Environmental Working Group says Cheerios and Nature Valley products have trace amounts of glyphosate.

NATIONWIDE -- An environmental advocacy group says several popular breakfast foods have weed killer in them.

According to a report by the Environmental Working Group, 21 oat-based cereal and snack products made by General Mills, including six varieties of Cheerios, tested positive for traces of glyphosate -- the active ingredient in Round-Up. 

Some experts believe the controversial herbicide causes cancer.

Last month, a California jury awarded Monsanto to pay a couple more than $2 billion dollars for their cancers after long-term exposure to the product.

General Mills admits pesticide residue can make its way into its products, but says the levels are much lower than what the federal government allows.

"Most crops grown in fields use some form of pesticides and trace amounts are found in the majority of food we all eat," the company said in an emailed statement. 

Researchers and agencies around the world are unsure whether glyphosate causes cancer.

(Photo courtesy of EWG)

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