Controversial weedkiller is found in top beers including Heineken

Rob Waugh

It’s not an ingredient you’ll find on the label, but a lot of top beers and wines (including Heineken) contain a controversial weedkiller, a U.S. study has suggested.

American researchers found that glyphosate – used widely on UK farms, and also by gardeners – has found its way into many popular beers, wines and ciders.

The U.S. PIRG Education Fund found that all but one of 20 beers, wines and ciders under test contained traces of the chemical.

Glyphosate – also known as Roundup – is facing a civil case this week in San Francisco over whether it causes cancer.

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Brand including Budweiser, Coors, Corona, Guiness, Heineken and Stella Artois were found to contain glyphosate.
Study author Kara Cook-Schultz of the U.S. PIRG Education Fund said, ‘“When you’re having a beer or a glass of wine, the last thing you want to think about is that it includes a potentially dangerous pesticide.

‘No matter the efforts of brewers and vintners, we found that it is incredibly difficult to avoid the troubling reality that consumers will likely drink glyphosate at every happy hour and backyard barbecue around the country.”

In Britain, 5.4 million acres of land are treated with the pesticide every year, and previous studies have linked its use to the decline in bee numbers.

Yahoo has reached out to Heineken for comment.

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