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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 - Herbicide - World - Ingredient - Weed
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.
Levels - Glyphosate - Health - Risks - PIRG
'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.
The highest concentration of glyphosate was found in the 2018 Sutter Home merlot, which came in at 51.4 parts per billion, or ppb.
Beer - Tsingtao - Hong - Kong - Coors
For beer, Tsingtao from Hong Kong had the most with 49.7ppb, and Coors Light had the most for American beers with 31.1ppb.
The study author, US PIRG Edication Fund's Kara Cook-Schultz, said of the study: 'No matter the efforts of brewers and vintners, we found that it is incredibly difficult to avoid the troubling reality that consumers will likely drink glyphosate at every happy hour and backyard barbecue around the country.'
Spokesperson - Beer - Institute - Trade - Organization
A spokesperson for the Beer Institute, a national trade organization, responded to the report by telling USA: 'Our members work with farmers who go to great lengths to raise their crops sustainably and safely....and the results of the most recent federal testing showed farmers’ use...
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