However, Monsanto has said it expects a vote to be scheduled "in due course" adding it would be "somewhat unusual" for the Standing Committee to vote during the first meeting at which glyphosate was on the agenda for an exchange of views and possible vote.
The company said: "As expected, the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food & Feed held an initial exchange of views on the proposed glyphosate renewal this week. Prior to this discussion, the European Food Safety Authority published its conclusion on glyphosate, reaffirming its 40-year history of safe use as the active ingredient in herbicides popular with farmers and gardeners.
"After this initial exchange of views, we expect that the Commission will schedule a vote on glyphosate in the coming weeks.
"This was the first time glyphosate was on the agenda for an exchange of views and possible vote. It is common for the Standing Committee to have an exchange of views at one – or even more than one – meeting and then to vote on the renewal of an active substance at a subsequent meeting. This allows Member States to have a robust discussion. In fact, it would have been somewhat unusual for the Standing Committee to vote during the first meeting at which glyphosate was on the agenda for an exchange of views and possible vote.
It added: "The European approval process for pesticides is rigorous and transparent. In the case of glyphosate, this has been one of the most comprehensive and thorough evaluations of an active substance ever. More than 90,000 pages and more than 3,200 peer-reviewed publications were considered in the assessment by Member States and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). All relevant available data–both public and otherwise–were reviewed. This has been a rigorous, four-year process involving scores of experts on consumer and environmental safety from all 28 of the European Union’s member states.
"We expect this process to move forward in the coming weeks and that a vote of Member States will take place in due course."