Maseca flours test positive for Monsanto’s toxic pesticides


I do not know any Mexican who does not like to eat tortillas . However, you should be very careful because Maseca, one of the companies that provides us with its raw material to make this food, has tested positive for toxic residues in corn flour.

This has been evidenced by the Association of Organic Consumers (ACO), who announced that samples of white and yellow corn flour from the Maseca brand present residues of glyphosate, an active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.

Although the company distributes and labels its flours as “100% natural”, “it is clear from these results, Maseca’s claims to sell a ‘natural’ and ‘nutritious’ product are false and misleading,” said Ronnie. Cummins, international director of the OCA.

Toxic substances in maize flour

He noted that “consumers in Mexico and the US who are concerned about contamination with pesticides and genetically modified organisms , should seek alternatives to Maseca flours until the company agrees to use only non-genetically modified grains for their products.”

The results of the tests performed by the ACO on samples of white and yellow corn meal, extracted from different regions of Mexico, showed glyphosate concentrations between 5.14 parts per billion (ppb) to 17.59 ppb. Some types of flour tested positive with up to 94.15% presence of genetically modified organisms.

It is known that the World Health Organization, in 2015, classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

Toxic substances in maize flour

Faced with this, many activists have fought and won a temporary defense against the open field production of transgenic corn in Mexico. For his part, the next president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador has said that genetically modified corn will be permanently banned in the country when it takes office on December 1.

Maseca is owned by Gruma, SAB de CV, headquartered in Mexico and is the leading international brand of corn flours, which is used in the production of tortillas.

So be careful when consuming it.

Source: cocinadelirante,

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