Orange juice is a breakfast staple for many. It’s packed with vitamin C that benefits many body functions and protect against the common cold. But a new study found several brands of orange juice also contain glyphosate, the likely cancer-causing active ingredient in the pesticide Roundup.
The news comes just months after research by the Environmental Working Group revealed 28 brands of oat-based cereals and cereal snack bars, like Cheerios and Quaker Oats, contained glyphosate.
The latest study, conducted by advocacy group Moms Across America, investigated six brands of orange juice including Florida’s Natural, Tropicana, Minute Maid, Starter Bros, Signature Farms and Kirkland. All six brands not only tested positive for glyphosate, the amounts were considered “high,” with levels ranging from 2.99 parts per billion (ppb) to 17.16 ppb. Tropicana ranked in the top of the list with 17.16 ppb, followed by Florida’s Natural.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given a 5.0 ppm limit of glyphosate in food products. However, no amount of the chemical has ever been considered acceptable for human health.
Glyphosate is a chemical that in 2015 was classified by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” It has been linked to blood cancers including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In August, a California jury awarded a school groundskeeper $289 million after finding that his regular use of glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro weed killers contributed to his terminal cancer diagnosis.