Traces of glyphosate found in German’s most popular beers.

beerThe Munich Environmental Institute has released findings specifying that glyphosate has been found in 14 of German’s most popular beers.

The study results revel that all levels were above the glyphosate residues found in drinking water, with the highest reading at 300 times the legal limit for drinking water in Germany.

The laboratory test results found glyphosate levels between 0.46 and 29.74 micrograms per liter.  Hasseroeder, a beer brewed in Saxony-Anhalt in eastern Germany and owned by Anheuser Busch Inbev, contained the highest trace of glyphosate at 29.74 micrograms per liter.

The smallest amount, 0.46 micrograms per liter, was found in Augustiner, made in Munich. Other popular beers in the study,  also commonly found in the U.S., were Beck’s Pilsner and Franziskaner Weissbier

Geneticist Sophia Guttenberger of the Munich institute said glyphosate should simply be neither “in beer nor in our bodies,” and the presence of glyphosate violates Germany’s purity law. The  “Reinheitsgebot,” is one of the world’s oldest food safety laws and brewers have to produce beer using only malt, hops, yeast and water.  The Brauer-Bund beer association said that there were government controls in place for breweries to ensure that no harmful substances entered the production process. The current study shows otherwise.



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