Weed killer found in some Beer and Wine

Glyphosate was found in a number of household name beers and wines

Glyphosate was found in a number of household name beers and wines

This included the wines Beringer, Barefoot and Sutter Home, and beer brands Budweiser, Coors, Miller Lite, Sam Adams, Samuel Smith Organic and New Belgium. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup, produced by agrochemical giant Monsanto.

A new study claims there are traces of weed killer in some beer and wine.

Even if the study's findings are completely accurate, the PIRG is quick to note that "the levels of glyphosate we found are not necessarily unsafe", and a toxicologist at Bayer, which acquired Roundup-maker Monsanto previous year, tells the paper that "a 125-pound adult would have to consume 308 gallons of wine per day, every day for life to reach the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's glyphosate exposure limit for humans".

However, the report noted that the results will be of concern to the public.

U.S. PIRG says the levels of the pesticide aren't necessarily risky, but are still concerning.

The 2018 Sutter Home merlot was the wine with the highest concentration of glyphosate at 51.4 parts per billion, or ppb, while in the beer category, it was Tsingtao from Hong Kong with 49.7 ppb. The American beer with the largest trace was Coors Light with 31.1. ppb.

Peak Beer was the only tested brand that showed no levels of the chemical.

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A branch of the World Health Organization says glyphosate could cause cancer but it's important to note that the levels found in these drinks are below what the EPA considers a risk.

"The reality is that regulatory authorities have strict rules when it comes to pesticide residues", Bayer toxicologist William Reeves said via a spokesperson.

The statement continued: "Assuming the greatest value reported, 51.4 ppb, is correct, a 125-pound adult would have to consume 308 gallons of wine per day, every day for life to reach the US Environmental Protection Agency's glyphosate exposure limit for humans".

Bayer is now facing some 9,300 lawsuits alleging that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer.

The first federal trial against the company began on Monday in California, six months after Bayer's share price was rocked by a $289million verdict in California state court. Plaintiff Edwin Hardeman alleges the Roundup he sprayed caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Monsanto says studies have established that glyphosate is safe.

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