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Quaker Oats sued over its use of known weed killer in oats production

Quaker Oats is owned by PepsiCo.

Quaker Oats is owned by PepsiCo.  (AP2009)

Your morning bowl of oatmeal comes with a dose of a carcinogen, a Brooklyn man claims in a class-action lawsuit.

Quaker Oats says its ubiquitous breakfast food is “100% Natural” but that’s “false, deceptive and misleading,” because the company uses a chemical called glyphosate in processing its oats, court papers say.

Glyphosate is a widely used herbicide. The World Health Organization declared the substance as “probably carcinogenic to humans” in 2015.

The substance is used both as a weed killer and “is sprayed on the oats as a drying agent shortly before harvest,” claims Lewis Daly in his Brooklyn federal court lawsuit.

Daly is seeking $5 million damages. Quaker Oats could not be reached for comment.

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