Independent testing commissioned by the Coalition for Action on Toxics has found glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, in common children’s lunch foods and snacks sold in Canada. The foods affected were Cheerios, Tim Hortons Timbits and bagels, Catelli multigrain spaghetti and Fontaine Santé hummus. (Chickpea and wheat-based products were among the highest contaminated likely because they are often sprayed with glyphosate weeks before harvest.)

“In a much larger study conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, glyphosate was found in more than 30 percent of food products tested, and in some cases was above Health Canada’s “safe” limits of contamination. Two recent testing reports from the U.S., one conducted by Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project and one by EWG, have also discovered many popular U.S. brands are contaminated with glyphosate.”1


After Monsanto’s recent lost (see story directly above) and the discovery that they knowingly downplayed the risks using fraudulent science and backdoor negotiations with the EPA, many in Canda are rightfully concerned.

In 2017, in collaboration with the (corrupt) EPA, Health Canada evaluated glyphosate, concluding that it was safe enough to use for another 15 years. With that announcement, in August 2017, Équiterre, Environmental Defence and its partners “filed a Notice of Objection to the re-evaluation of glyphosate, raising concerns that the evaluation either failed to consider or even dismissed important scientific evidence on risks to public health and ecosystems.”2

Karen Ross, of Équiterre:

“Canadian families need to be assured that government regulations are adequately protecting them. But how can we be confident when we know that Canada’s closest ally in its evaluation of glyphosate used fraudulent science and negotiated with Monsanto to downplay risks?” 3

The coalition is now demanding the Canadian government to reform and strengthen their cornerstone laws governing the regulation of toxics: the Pest Control Products Act and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).


And the walls…come tumbling down and the walls, come tumbling, tumbling!

Sources and References

  1. Sustainable Pulse, September 10, 2018.
  2. Sustainable Pulse, September 10, 2018.
  3. Sustainable Pulse, September 10, 2018.