EU to propose 10-year extension of glyphosate herbicide

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The European Commission will propose extending by 10 years its approval for weed-killer glyphosate, used in Monsanto’s Roundup, a spokeswoman said….

A transatlantic row over possible risks to human health has prompted investigations by congressional committees in the United States, and in Europe has forced a delay to a re-licensing decision for Monsanto’s big-selling Roundup herbicide.

A new study issued in March [2017] by the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) paved the way for the Commission’s decision to restart negotiations with EU nations over renewing the license for glyphosate, despite opposition from environmental groups.

The EU body, which regulates chemicals and biocides, said glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup, should not be classified as a substance causing cancer.

A spokeswoman for the Commission said it had “taken into account the latest state of scientific research and would “work with the Member States to find a solution that enjoys the largest possible support.”

No date has yet been set for when discussions with representatives of EU member states will start.

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