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Cancer Chemical in Sara Lee Bread

HealthyLivinG Foundation has gone to war against childhood cancer and its legal team is getting ready to prosecute corporate killers selling specific products that are poisoning our children.

Malathion is one of the chemicals we are going after. We found it in Sara Lee whole wheat bread and it is known to the state of California to cause cancer and has been linked to childhood leukemia, says an article in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.[i]  

To investigate the relation between childhood acute leukaemia and household exposure to pesticides, researchers included 280 incident cases of acute leukemia and 288 controls.

“Acute leukemia was observed to be significantly associated with maternal home insecticide use during pregnancy and during childhood, with garden insecticide use and fungicide use during childhood. Insecticidal shampoo treatment of pediculosis (lice) was also associated with childhood acute leukemia.” One of the chemicals cited in the study was malathion.


Leukemia is the most common cancer in childhood. Several studies and two reviews of epidemiological studies have suggested that household pesticide exposure may be associated with childhood leukaemia. [ii] [iii] [iv] [v] [vi] [vii] [viii] [ix] [x] 

Childhood cancer has about 0.6% per year since the mid-1970’s. There has been a 24% increased in the last four decades, according to the American Cancer Society. One in 285 children were diagnosed with cancer in 2014. The average age at diagnosis was 6 years old.


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