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Weed killer chemically found in beer and wine, according to the report



A new report from a progressive lawyer show the main component of the Roundup lawn mower has appeared in some of our most popular beers and wines.

The American community interest group found traces of glyphosate in 19 of five wines and the 15 beer group tested, including Colorado's own Coors Light and New Belgium Fat Tire. 9NEWS has reached out to both companies.

Glyphosate is a herbicide in Roundup which is a likely human carcinogen, according to the International Agency for Cancer Research, a branch of the World Health Organization.

"We don't think breweries go out of their way to put this in beer, but it comes in because we use so much Roundup," said local CoPIRG director Danny Katz. "It's ubiquitous, it's everywhere. Roundup is one of the biggest agrochemicals in our country."

Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, has denied what causes cancer.

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United States PIRG recognized levels of glyphosate found in beer, and the tested wine was below EPA's risk level. EPA tolerances depend on the product.

The Brewers Association explained that it is illegal for farmers to even use the controversial herbicide on malting barley.

"Brewing industry has gone a long way to protecting our ingredient supply chain," said Brewers Association Supply Chain Specialist Chris Swersey 9NEWS. "To date, our member bridges around the country produce good beer."

Swersey message: Beer is still safe.

"The industry is very proud our manufacturers and malt suppliers can deliver our high-quality ingredients breweries. Beer remains safe when considered responsible," Swersey said.

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US PIRG explained trying to point out how common Roundup is in all farming. The group also tested beer and wine. Both Samuel Smith Organic and Inkarri Estate Organic Wine tested positive for the herbicide.

"This is the kind of thing that breweries and others who make these products should have the ability to avoid having it in their products," Katz 9NEWS said. "It looks like it's been terribly difficult given how ubiquitous Roundup and glyphosate are."

The US PIRG said it hopes the report will push government agencies to better study glyphosate and its potential health hazards.


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