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80% of Americans test positive for infertility-linked chemical: Study

Posted on AllSides February 16th, 2024
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Americans are being exposed to a chemical found in oat-based foods, including Cheerios and Quaker Oats, that can pose a risk to reproductive and developmental health, according to a new study.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that four in five, or 80%, of Americans, tested positive for a harmful additive called chlormequat — linked to reduced fertility, altered fetal growth and delayed puberty.

Chlormequat is a toxic “agricultural chemical” used to alter a plant’s growth, per the EWG.

Additionally, EWG’s tests found higher levels and more frequent detection of...

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