Weed killer found in popular beer and wine

Marco Green
February 26, 2019

This included the wines Beringer, Barefoot and Sutter Home, and beer brands Budweiser, Coors, Miller Lite, Sam Adams, Samuel Smith Organic and New Belgium.

U.S. PIRG Education Fund's Kara Cook-Schultz, who authored the study, said: 'When you're having a beer or a glass of wine, the last thing you want to think about is that it includes a potentially risky pesticide. At least trace amounts - and much more, in some cases - of the known carcinogen (according to the World Health Organization in 2015) turned up in almost all of them.

And a spokesperson for a National Trade Association called the Beer Institute says even if an adult had than 140 glasses of wine a day, it wouldn't be enough to be considered a significant risk.

USA Today reached out to companies whose products were tested.

PIRG's investigation also found traces of the weed killer in some organic brands, which are forbidden from using most chemicals in food production.

Stating that a pesticide is "the last thing you want to think about" as you raise a glass, PIRG wanted to highlight what it sees as a potential danger. Sutter Home Merlot had the highest level of the weed killer of all 20 brands, at 51 parts per billion (ppb).

For beer, Tsingtao from Hong Kong had the most with 49.7ppb, and Coors Light had the most for American beers with 31.1ppb.

"Our findings suggest that glyphosate contamination is common in beers and wine sold in the U.S. Due to glyphosate's many health risks and its ubiquitous nature in our food, water, and alcohol, the use of glyphosate in the U.S. should be banned unless and until it can be proven safe", researchers wrote in the report's executive summary.

The EPA said it's now reviewing public comments received on its draft human health risk assessment and plans to publish later this year.

USPIRG tested five wines, 14 beers and a hard cider, the group said in a statement. And, sure, that's a lot of wine - that same Bayer employee notes it would require drinking "more than a bottle of wine every minute, for life, without sleeping" - but wouldn't we all sleep easier if the actual amount of weed killer in our beer and wine was, um, zero? DeWayne Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in when he was 42.

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