Responding to Senator Schumer’s demand for glyphosate data, FDA says it found ‘no pesticide residue violations’

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[The recent] media frenzy — and large dose of scientific criticism — over the Environmental Working Group’s glyphosate residues report, which found trace amounts of the herbicide in popular foods like cereal, oatmeal and snack bars, has prompted a renewed focus on what FDA is up to on glyphosate these days.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer jumped into the fray on [August 19th], calling on the agency to release the results of its residue testing. “Simply put, the FDA must not only weed out the facts on glyphosate, but they must update the public on their progress,” he said. “I have full confidence in their ability to effectively continue this study, but we are here to send them a message: get going.”

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FDA said its testing project has been completed and “the results are being evaluated and those results will be included when the agency releases the 2017 pesticide report.” It could be a two-year process for the results to be posted, the agency added.

FDA said it found no pesticide residue violations for glyphosate in “preliminary testing” of samples of soybeans, corn, milk and eggs conducted between 2016 and 2017.

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