Concern with the alarmist tone of the communication on the alleged detection of residues of glyphosate in bottled beer
The Glyphosate Task Force would like to express its concern with the alarmist tone of the communication from the Umweltinstitut München e.V.on the alleged detection of residues of glyphosate in different samples of bottled beer.
The study simply confirms what it can be expected out of the processing of an agricultural input like barley, and establishes detection levels of glyphosate that are well below the levels deemed as relevant.
Glyphosate is undergoing a very strict risk assessment process by the European authorities that have proposed a maximum daily intake of glyphosate residues limited to 0.5 mg per kg of body weight which includes a large safety factor. For an average person of 70 kgs of weight that means 35 mg per day, so more than 10,000 mg in a year. If we compare this with the average consumption of beer of 107 liters per year and we apply the maximum residue level found in this communication, we see that the total residue would amount to just around 3 mg in a year.
So a daily consumption of beer of 4,000 times the average would reach the levels that start to be considered as potentially relevant, that means 428,000 liters of beer in a year or more than 1,000 liters in a day. Probably, the ethanol present in beer will start to have an impact much earlier!
- German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR):
Preliminary assessment concerning glyphosate traces detected in beer (in German only)
Last update: 29 February 2016