The Munich Environmental Institute (Umweltinstitut München) has released results of laboratory testing it has completed on 14 of the most sold beers in Germany. The probable carcinogen and World’s most used herbicide – glyphosate – was found in all of the 14 beers tested.
The labels of the German brewers can expect the highest quality: “Brewed according to the German Purity Law” that was the pledge.
This year, the Reinheitsgebot is celebrating its 500th anniversary. But really how pure is German beer? To address this, 14 of the most consumed beers in Germany were tested by a laboratory for residues of weed killer glyphosate.
The result: All beers contain glyphosate.
The highest measured value amounted to 29.74 micrograms per liter (ug / l) almost 300 times above the limit for drinking water (0.1 g / l). Even the smallest measured value was still five times above the limit for drinking water.
The test result suggests that other beers and breweries can be affected by exposure to glyphosate.
Find the exact test results:
German Beer – Glyphosate Testing 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
Glyphosate does not belong in the beer!
According to the Reinheitsgebot allowed beer in Germany consist of only three basic ingredients: water, hops and malted cereal.
Brewing water is subject to the Drinking Water Ordinance and has in Germany a limit of 0.1 micrograms per liter of glyphosate sufficient water. After the drinking water regulations brewing water should be checked regularly. Residues of glyphosate in the brewing water are therefore very unlikely.
In hops glyphosate is indeed used, the hop plants themselves are not treated with the drug. Through drift nevertheless could glyphosate reach hops. Residues on the umbels are unlikely, but not impossible.
The malt is usually made from barley or wheat. In conventional grain farming is the use of glyphosate in large quantities on the agenda. For cereals, which is intended for brewing purposes, the use of glyphosate to speed up the ripening process is prohibited shortly before harvest (the so-called “desiccation”), since the germination of corn would otherwise severely limited and it would win no more malt. Stubble treatment, the use of post-harvest and before sowing or until shortly after sowing (5 days) are permitted.
Glyphosate is mutagenic and “probably carcinogenic to humans” according to the World Health Organization.
After the test, now the breweries train to check their products and ingredients accurately. You must clarify how glyphosate could get into the beer and make sure in the future that their products are free of pesticide residues.