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European FSA to investigate glyphosate cancer report

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed that it will assess the findings of a report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which concluded that the herbicide glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans.

The report, which was published at the end of July, will be considered as part of EFSA’s on-going peer review of the re-evaluation of glyphosate. The re-evaluation was carried out by the BfR, the German risk assessment body. Germany is the rapporteur Member State (RMS) for glyphosate.

The IARC, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, published a summary of its findings in March 2015, concluding that there was evidence of an association between exposure to glyphosate and development of cancers such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma and lung cancer.

EFSA’s finalised conclusion will be sent to the European Commission and published later this year.

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