Nestle expands glyphosate testing on imported coffee as trials feed Roundup-cancer scare

, | | September 30, 2019
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Nestle SA is increasing checks on the coffee it buys, after recent tests showed beans from some countries had levels of the weedkiller glyphosate that are close to a regulatory limit.

The world’s largest coffee roaster has informed suppliers of Indonesian and certain Brazilian beans of the new procedures, which go into effect starting Oct. 1, according to memos seen by Bloomberg. The company says the new measures “should be temporary” until producing countries correct the application of glyphosate.

…. Bayer AG, which spent $63 billion buying the product’s maker, Monsanto, is now facing billions of dollars worth of lawsuits claiming it causes cancer.

Related article:  Are GMOs to blame for the loss of nutrients in our fruits and vegetables?

[Editor’s note: Read GLP’s Glyphosate FAQ to learn more. Most experts say the weed killer is unlikely to cause cancer.]

The new measures have the potential to complicate global coffee trade-flows. The additional testing requirement is mostly for beans being shipped to factories in Europe, Australia and Malaysia, where legal limits on glyphosate are stricter than most other countries.

Read full, original article: Nestle Steps Up Testing After Weedkiller Found in Coffee Beans

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