The latest study has found that there is a presence of hazardous chemicals present in the beers and wines. The study has discovered the presence of the main compound usually present in the weed killer Roundup to be present in some of the most popularly consumed drinks including beer and wine. According to the reports published by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, there were traces of glyphosate present in 19 wines and 15 beers tested followed by some amounts found in Colorado’s own Coors Light and New Belgium Fat Tire.
After the investigation, both the companies are now under investigation. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of the World Health Organization has mentioned that the chemical named glyphosate is found in Roundup and it is an herbicide that is generally carcinogenic to humans. It is definite that the brewers are not going out of their way to add in the constituent to the drinks but the use of Roundup is raising a lot of question now. The state-owned CoPIRG Director Danny Katz believes that the use of Roundup in the agrochemicals everywhere in the country is the reason for its ubiquitous nature. However, in contradiction, the maker of Roundup, Monsanto shorn off reports that it causes cancer.
The intensity of glyphosate found in wine and beer is quite below the EPA’s risk level, according to the U.S. PIRG. Every product has its own EPA’s tolerance levels. It has been announced by the Brewers Association that use of the contentious herbicide on malting barley is against the law and will not be tolerated.
The brewers have till date safeguarded the constituents supply chain so as to produce the best beers and still continue to do so. The U.S. PIRG has found the presence of chemicals in Samuel Smith Organic and Inkarri Estate organic wine as well, which raises the concerns that it is high time the government agencies push research on glyphosate and its potential health risks. Recently, the researchers found that the naturally occurring filter, diatomaceous earth, used to strain beer and wine is ineffective when it comes to separating heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and cadmium. The arsenic content in the beer and wine is found to be quite risky, which is definitely alarming and the government needs to buckle up their shoes so as to avoid any future epidemic.