- A study by research group US PIRG tested five wines and 15 beers for glyphosate
- Beer brands included Coors Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Corona, Heineken, Guinness, Stella Artois, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada and Samuel Adams
- Wine brands were Beringer, Sutter Home, Barefoot, Inkarri and Frey Vineyards
- The herbicide used in Roundup was detected in 19 of the 20 beverages tested
- Glyphosate, the world’s most common herbicide, is suspected of causing cancer
- All of the glyphosate levels were well below limits imposed by the EPA
Traces of a controversial weed killer have been detected in a number of the world’s leading beer and wine brands, a new report claims.
In a study by public-interest advocacy group US PIRG that tested five wines and 15 beers, including organic ones, the chemical glyphosate was found in all but one of the beverages sampled.
Glyphosate – the most common herbicide in the world and an ingredient in the weed killer Roundup – is a probable human carcinogen, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization.
The report acknowledged that the levels detected were below limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency, but PIRG the results warrant some degree of public concern.
‘The levels of glyphosate we found are not necessarily dangerous, but are still concerning given the potential health risks,’ PIRG told USA TODAY following the release of the study, which looked at popular brands including Coors Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Corona, Heineken and Samuel Adams.