NEWS! Arsenic in Wine? Michelob Moves to Organic? Why the Alcohol Industry Is Making Changes

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NEWS! Arsenic in Wine? Michelob Moves to Organic? Why the Alcohol Industry Is Making Changes

New Test Results Show What Popular Beer and Wine Brand Have in Common: Monsanto’s Roundup


Screen_Shot_2018-03-14_at_2.54.47_PM.pngMarch 15, 2018 , Mission Viejo Ca- Big news broke this week both for wine and beer. First, Los Angeles CBS news broke the announcement of a lawsuit against 32 brands of wines for high levels of inorganic arsenic. Then, Anheuser-Busch announced that their brand Michelob has launched a new beer Ultra Pure Gold made with organic wheat. What do these two events have in common?


Monsanto’s Roundup.


French scientist Seralini et al released shocking findings in January of 2018 that all the brands of Roundup they tested, over a dozen, had high levels of arsenic. In 2016, beer testing in Germany also revealed residues of glyphosate in every single sample tested, even independent beers. But what about the US?


Moms Across America is releasing new findings of glyphosate in all of the most popular brands of wines in the world, most of which are from the US, and in batch test results in American beer.

Beer brands tested include: Budweiser, Coors, Michelob, Miller Lite, Sierra Nevada, Samuel Adams, Samuel Smith and more.

Wines included: Beringer, Robert Mondavi, Gallo Family Vineyard, Barefoot, Yellowtail and more.


The findings were at first, confusing. But one thing that was clear was that the beer and wine industries must and in many cases are, moving away from Monsanto’s Roundup in order to avoid contamination by this chemical herbicide, a known neurotoxincarcinogen, and endocrine disruptor, which causes liver disease. Despite Monsanto’s impassioned appeal of “irreparable harm”, CA federal Judge Shubb allowed glyphosate to remain on the CA Prop 65 carcinogen list in a ruling out just two weeks ago.


So which brands tested positive for glyphosate?

Full results and lab report can be found here.

Moms Across America Executive Director Zen Honeycutt states, “Beverages contaminated with a neurotoxic carcinogen, and now we know arsenic too, are contributing to the skyrocketing rates of mental illness, fertility issues, and cancer in America. If manufacturers want to protect the integrity of their brands and support healthy Americans, now is the time to demand that the EPA revokes the license of glyphosate.”


Screen_Shot_2018-03-14_at_3.45.10_PM.pngPhil LaRocca of LaRocca Vineyards, who farms organically and has shown a non-detectable level of glyphosate in his wine, has stated, “Grape growers have admitted to me that they use Roundup for cosmetic reasons. It’s not necessary.”


Beer manufacturers are aware of the widespread contamination of glyphosate and are making changes. Michelob, as mentioned earlier, introducing a product made with organic wheat, shows their understanding of the concerns of their consumers.


The Brewers Association, which certifies small independent and craft beers, said, “Brewers do not want glyphosate used on barley or any brewing raw material, and the barley grower organizations have also come out strongly against glyphosate. It is clear that the malting and brewing industries are aligned in their opposition to the use of glyphosate on malting barley. “ For his full statement, report, and results click here.

The EPA is currently accepting comments on the re-registration or denial of the license for glyphosate for another 15 years until April 30, 2018. Please comment today!

Full lab report can be found here.

Summary of results below:

Brands – Listed in order of popularity.

Type of Wine Chosen by MAA.

Effective Glyphosate Level (ng/ml) PPB Glyphosate + AMPA
1 Beringer/ California/Chardonnay 8.82
Beringer / California/Chardonnay 9.45
2 *Hardy’s Whiskers Blake / Australia/Classic Tawny 4.28
Hardy’s Whiskers Blake / Australia/Classic Tawny 4.33
3 Sutter Home / California/ Chardonnay 15.80
Sutter Home / California/ Chardonnay 11.16
4 Yellow tail /Australia/Shiraz 6.85
Yellow tail /Australia/Shiraz 10.24
5 Robert Mondavi/ California / Private Selection Merlot 3.29
Robert Mondavi/ California / Private Selection Merlot 4.87
6 Gallo Family Vineyard/California/ Pink Moscato wine 15.41
Gallo Family Vineyard/California/ Pink Moscato wine 23.30
7 *Concha y Toro / Chile/ Casillero del Diablo/ Cabernet Sauvignon 16.08
Concha y Toro / Chile/ Casillero del Diablo/ Cabernet Sauvignon 16.56
8 Barefoot/California/ Moscato 18.01
Barefoot/California/ Moscato 18.68
Mendoza/Argentina/ Santa Julia Orgánica Malbec 3.42
Bonterra /California /  Sauvignon Blanc/ made with organic grapes 0.38
*Note: #2 in world popularity is actually Great Wall/China and #7 was Changyu/China however these wines were unable to be sourced in the USA at the time of testing.


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A cold beer that is just beer and not toxic?
What a welcome pleasure that would be!
In Good Health,
Zen and MAA Team

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