Switzerland-based Nestle, the world’s largest coffee company, is cracking down on some suppliers of its green coffee beans after tests revealed some of the beans contained concerning levels of glyphosate, the same active ingredient in the weed killer Roundup.
Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG), one of the world’s largest traders of coffee and one of Nestle’s suppliers, said it found glyphosate on some of the coffee beans it purchased. Nestle said it would start by tightening controls on Indonesian and Brazilian suppliers since they are among the largest producers of coffee.
“Our agronomists will continue to work with coffee farmers to help them improve their weed management practices, including the appropriate use of herbicides and adoption of other weeding methods,” Nestle said. The company’s action is not expected to affect consumers’ coffee supply.
“We actively monitor chemical residues, including glyphosate, in the green coffee that we purchase,” Nestle said. “This monitoring program has shown that in some green coffee lots chemical residue levels are close to limits defined by regulations. We are reinforcing our controls working with suppliers to ensure that our green coffee continues to meet regulations all around the world.”
Glyphosate is classified as a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, and has been linked to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Monsanto, which manufactures the herbicide Roundup, was acquired last year by Bayer AG. The company faces thousands of lawsuits from farmers, landscapers, and home gardeners in the U.S. who say exposure to glyphosate in Roundup contributed to their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnoses.
We are investigating cases involving non-Hodgkin lymphoma related to the commercial application of Roundup/glyphosate. For more information or to discuss a possible claim, contact John Tomlinson, Danielle Ingram, Michael Dunphy or Rhon Jones.