Roundup Active Ingredient Found in Beer and Wine

March 4th, 2019
Farmer spraying pesticide

A recent report issued by a public-advocacy group has uncovered trace amounts of glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer—in several popular brands of beer and wine. A detailed article on the report and its finding is available here.

The study, issued by the United States Public Research Group Education Fund, tested five brands of wine, fourteen brands of beer, and one hard cider beverage. Testing revealed detectable levels of glyphosate in nearly all of them. Positive levels were even found in three of four beverages marketed as organic. The concentrations found ranged from 5.2 Parts Per Billion (PPB) to 51 Parts Per Billion in some samples.

How Much is Too Much?

While these numbers fall below risk tolerances established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at least one scientific study indicates a concentration of glyphosate as low as one Part Per Trillion (PPT) may be sufficient to disrupt function of the human endocrine system and may stimulate the growth of breast cancer cells.

Know the Risks

While the EPA states that glyphosate is safe when used per directions, the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified the substance as a “probable human carcinogen.” California added glyphosate to a list of known carcinogens in 2015.

There are currently 9,300 court cases in the United States against Bayer AG, the parent company of Monsanto. These lawsuits—including 760 cases consolidated in a federal court in San Francisco—allege exposure to the pesticide contributes to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Monsanto has consistently denied any link between the use of Roundup and cancer.

As we reported in an earlier blog, a jury in California State Superior Court ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a former school groundskeeper who claimed his Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma was caused by heavy exposure to Roundup. The jury also agreed that Monsanto should have labeled the product to include this potential health hazard. The judgement was later reduced to $78 million.

Graves McLain is Here to Help

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after heavy exposure to Roundup or other herbicides containing glyphosate, call Graves McLain right away at 918-359-6600 or fill out a free consultation form online. When you call one of our experienced Tulsa, Oklahoma Product Liability Attorneys, we will speak with you for FREE and determine the best course of action.

We review every detail of your situation at no cost to you—and fight hard to protect your rights. Trust our team, we are here to help. At Graves McLain, you will never pay an attorney’s fee up front—and you owe us nothing until we win your case. At Graves McLain, we don’t get paid until you do.

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