Weedkiller ingredient that left an American man with terminal cancer found in PAN and CEREAL

A key ingredient in cancer-linked herbicide has been found in bread and cereal bars (file photo)

A key ingredient in a cancer-linked herbicide has also been found in bread and cereal bars.

An American man who blames his terminal cancer of Roundup herbicide last week received £ 226 million in damages.

Traces of glyphosate were found in almost two out of three wholemeal bread loaves in the United Kingdom, according to an official investigation.

A key ingredient in cancer-linked herbicide has been found in bread and cereal bars (file photo)

A key ingredient in cancer-linked herbicide has been found in bread and cereal bars (file photo)

Glyphosate has also been found in Cheerios and Kellogg & # 39; s Corn Flakes in the USA. UU., As well as Doritos crisps and Ritz cookies.

The chemical is the most widely used herbicide in the world, and use by British farmers has increased by a staggering 400 percent in the last 20 years, according to the Soil Association, which campaigns for organic agriculture.

But even though an agency of the World Health Organization considered it a "probable human carcinogen", the EU reauthorized its use for another five years last November.

Now, a landmark court case, filed by Dewayne Johnson in California, has seen the long-term use of Roundup blamed for his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Doctors say the 46-year-old former school owner may only have a few months to live.

A US jury awarded him £ 226 million in damages on Friday after an eight-week trial.

They concluded that Roundup was the direct cause of their terminal cancer of blood cells and that Monsanto, the company that makes them, had not warned him about the risk of exposure to health.

Monsanto insists that its products are safe and attractive. However, the case raises new questions about the use of the chemical in food crops.

The use of chemical glyphosate by British farmers has increased by 400 percent in the last 20 years (file photo)

The use of chemical glyphosate by British farmers has increased by 400 percent in the last 20 years (file photo)

The use of chemical glyphosate by British farmers has increased by 400 percent in the last 20 years (file photo)

It was even found at low levels in Ben & Jerry's ice cream by a study last year.

Official research suggests that one third of UK grain crops, such as wheat and barley, are sprayed with glyphosate.

It is used to kill weeds and as a drying agent in plants, which facilitates harvesting.

It was found that its use was at levels well below the safety limits established by the European and American food control agencies.

UK retailers, including Homebase and B & Q, are evaluating whether to continue selling the herbicide to gardeners in the context of academic studies and consumer campaigns that highlight health concerns.

Glyphosate has also been linked to liver and kidney disease, infertility and birth abnormalities.

After the verdict of the US court, the Labor Vice-President, Tom Watson, tweeted: "The US jury finds that glyphosate causes cancer, it is the most used agricultural chemical ever, and this finding has enormous implications for the food chain."

The policy director of The Soil Association, Emma Hockridge, described the decision as a "dramatic blow" to the pesticide industry. She said: "We urgently need to change our weed control systems to stop relying on herbicides."

However, the National Union of Farmers (NFU) said there is no need to review the use of the pesticide.

His vice president, Guy Smith, also a rancher and arable farmer, said that his use had been previously ruled out and that "the opinion of a California jury" I should not change that.

Monsanto vice president Scott Partridge said hundreds of studies have shown that glyphosate does not cause cancer.

"It is totally and totally safe, and the public should not worry about this verdict," he said.

The Minister of the Environment called the herbicide "incredible" despite the fear of cancer

Therese Coffey's comment (pictured) was seen as an attempt to support British farmers, who rely heavily on the use of Roundup's main ingredient, glyphosate.

Therese Coffey's comment (pictured) was seen as an attempt to support British farmers, who rely heavily on the use of Roundup's main ingredient, glyphosate.

Therese Coffey's comment (pictured) was seen as an attempt to support British farmers, who rely heavily on the use of Roundup's main ingredient, glyphosate.

The Minister of the Environment, Therese Coffey, gave last night support to the herbicide Roundup even though a US court blamed him for causing cancer.

Next to an image of the bottle, she tweeted: "Preparing to unfold the amazing Roundup!"

Dr. Coffey's position was seen as an attempt to support British farmers, who rely heavily on the use of glyphosate as the main ingredient of the herbicide for crops such as wheat and barley.

But his message provoked an angry response from some supporters who suggested that the minister was ignoring the evidence.

Bending down, she wrote: "Like many chemicals and pesticides, it is handled properly to control risk. As it does with bleach and other household chemicals. "

One person complained: "There speaks the voice of inexperienced".

Another wrote: & # 39; Bold security … given that there will probably be a group action. Do you have shares?

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