Germany Outraged Over Cancer-Linked Weed Killer Found in Beer

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Fourteen popular beers in Germany have been found to contain trace levels of glyphosate, including the popular Becks
Germans are saying “nein” to weed killer in their brews.

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Germans are saying “nein” to weed killer in their brews.

Germany may have a proud heritage of beer, but they’re certainly not proud of this sudsy little secret. According to research conducted by the Munich Environmental Institute, 14 popular beers contain trace elements of glyphosate, a weed killer that has been labeled a probable carcinogen and can be found in Monsanto’s Roundup. The highest amount of glyphosate — 29.74 micrograms — was found in a liter of Hasseröde. The popular Beck’s Pilsner was found to contain five micrograms per liter.

The allowable amount of glyphosate in beer, according to German purity laws, is .1 micrograms. Each of the 14 beers tested contained well over that limit.

However, the German government is none too concerned.

"An adult would have to drink around 1,000 liters (264 US gallons) of beer a day to ingest enough quantities to be harmful to health," Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment said in a statement.

Here is the full list of offending brews:

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

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