The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its peer review of glyphosate which is part of the EU renewal process for the chemical.
Crucially it concludes that, ‘Glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans and the evidence does not support classification with regard to its carcinogenic potential.’
Nick von Westenholz, CEO of the Crop Protection Association commented, “We are pleased to see that EFSA concurs with the numerous health assessments conducted by public authorities on glyphosate over the past 40 years which have all concluded that, when used correctly, it poses no meaningful risk to human health.”
However, the Soil Association slammed the report’s findings. “Given that this review of glyphosate relies almost entirely on industry funded, unpublished studies, it would be unthinkable for the EFSA to come to any conclusion other than that glyphosate is safe to use,” said SA Policy Director Peter Melchett.
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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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