Glyphosate found in human urine, beers and wine

The annual meeting of environment and health was held last week in Copenhagen with the title: “Chemicals in the body”.

Among others it was reported that a not yet published study from the University of Copenhagen had found glyphosate in all samples of human urine analysed.

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It shows that everybody is exposed. We have known for long that glyphosate pollutes the ground water, and in a new study from Germany of  14 of the most sold beers, glyphosate was found in all of the 14 beers tested. The results:

Hasseröder Pils – 29,74 μg/l (ppb)
Jever Pils – 23,04 μg/l
Warsteiner Pils – 20,73 μg/l
Radeberger Pilsner – 12,01 μg/l
Veltins Pilsener – 5,78 μg/l
Oettinger Pils – 3,86 μg/l
König Pilsener – 3,35 μg/l
Krombacher Pils – 2,99 μg/l
Erdinger Weißbier – 2,92 μg/l
Paulaner Weißbier – 0,66 μg/l
Bitburger Pils – 0,55 μg/l
Beck’s Pils – 0,50 μg/l
Franziskaner Weißbier – 0,49 μg/l
Augustiner Helles – 0,46 μg/l

The origin is probably contaminated barley used for the malt.

Glyphosate has also been found in California wine, even wine made from organic grapes. The wines came from the premium growing regions of California. Three samples from September 2015 and nine samples from February 2016 were analysed. All samples contained glyphosate in levels from 0.66 ppb (μg/l) to 18.7 ppb.

The sources of glyphosate in organic wine are probably polluted irrigation water or wind drift. In conventional wine fields in California, however, Roundup is used regularly for weed control. It may be different in wine areas in other parts of the World?

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