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Activist group finds drinking 140 glasses of wine a day could expose alcoholics to potentially harmful levels of the herbicide glyphosate

| | February 26, 2019
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A new report by the public-interest advocacy group U.S. PIRG reveals that tests of five wines and 15 beers….found traces of the controversial weed killer glyphosate in 19 out of the 20.

They include brands like Coors Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Corona, Heineken, Guinness, Stella Artois and Samuel Adams.

“The levels of glyphosate we found are not necessarily dangerous but are still concerning given the potential health risks,” U.S. PIRG said.

Noting the report’s acknowledgment that levels are below EPA risk for beverages, a spokesperson for national trade association the Beer Institute responded to USA TODAY saying, “Our members work with farmers who go to great lengths to raise their crops sustainably and safely. … The results of the most recent federal testing showed farmers’ use of glyphosate falls well below federal limits.”

[Editor’s note: Read the GLP’s FAQ Is glyphosate (Roundup) dangerous? to learn more]

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“An adult would have to drink more than 140 glasses of wine a day containing the highest glyphosate level measured just to reach the level that [California regulators have] identified as ‘No Significant Risk Level,’” wrote a spokesperson for the Wine Institute….

The EPA “found no meaningful risks to human health….when the product is used according to the pesticide label,” the EPA said in an e-mail….

Read full, original article: Weed killer in your wine and beer? That’s what a new U.S. PIRG study found

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