Glyphosate herbicide not an ‘endocrine disruptor’, European Food Safety Authority concludes

| September 14, 2017
Tractor spraying glyphosate pesticides on a corn field
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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that the world’s most used pesticide, glyphosate, does not have endocrine disrupting properties.

The food safety body’s assessment, published on 7 September, found there is no evidence that glyphosate is having a harmful effect on human hormone systems.

EFSA was requested by the European Commission in 2016 to consider information on potential endocrine activity of the pesticide.

The report said: “The current assessment concluded that the weight of evidence indicates that glyphosate does not have endocrine disrupting properties through oestrogen, androgen, thyroid or steroidogenesis mode of action based on a comprehensive database available in the toxicology area.”

The result is also in line with the US Environment Protection Agency, who reached the same conclusion in June 2015.

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In November 2015, the European Food Safety Authority concluded that glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.”

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