European Food Safety Authority decides glyphosate "not an endocrine disruptor"

EFSA have published its conclusion that glyphosate does not have endocrine disrupting properties.

This conclusion comes after the European Commission had asked EFSA to look at this question in October 2016 as a follow up to EFSA’s assessment of glyphosate published in November 2015.

The report said: "The current assessment concluded that the weight of evidence indicates that glyphosate does not have endocrine disrupting properties."

It’s also in line with the US Environment Protection Agency who reached the same conclusion in June 2015. Several studies have previously come to the opposite conclusion.

EFSA’s assessment is the latest by national and international regulatory bodies who found that glyphosate can be safely used.

They include the WHO, EFSA, ECH, EPA, BfR and authorities in Canada, NZ and Australia.

Crop Protection Association chief executive Sarah Mukherjee said: "This latest conclusion from EFSA is consistent with the findings of other expert regulators around the world - glyphosate is not an endocrine disruptor or carcinogenic.

"Over 40 years of robust scientific evidence has shown that glyphosate is safe for human health and the environment. We urge member states to support the science and vote in favour of a full, 15-year renewal."

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