European science experts debate glyphosate

Science experts at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) this week came together to make further deliberations on glyphosate.

The agency's committee for risk assessment (RAC) met in Helsinki to talk about classification of the chemical and will do so again in March 2017.

The meeting marked the first preparatory discussion by RAC on the harmonised classification and labelling of glyphosate.

The committee listened to six presentations by accredited stakeholders including the the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

Other contributors were the Health and Environmental Alliance (HEAL) and an industry glyphosate task force, GTF.

RAC will continue discussing glyphosate at its next meeting in March and a final independent scientific opinion regarding the proposed classification for glyphosate is due later next year.


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