French regulators launch re-evaluation of glyphosate products

| | December 4, 2018

The National Health Security Agency (ANSES) is tightening [its] grip around the herbicide king [glyphosate]. On December 15, it will withdraw from the market 132 glyphosate products for which the manufacturers have not filed a re-authorization application. By December 31, 2020, it will ban all glyphosate products that pose a risk to the environment or health, and all uses for which alternatives exist.

[The number of] Glyphosate products authorized in France [is declining]. In 2016, [it was] 316. On December 15, 2018, [it] will be no more than sixty …. In 2018, ANSES [began reevaluating] all glyphosate products [sold] on the French market ….

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The re-evaluation procedure initiated by ANSES will focus on 69 glyphosate products. “We will take a close look at the toxicity of these products to genes, their impact on the environment and the risks to human health,” says Françoise Weber, assistant director general of the ANSES, in charge of regulated products.

At the end of this procedure, “all products presenting an unacceptable risk for the environment and human health” will be banned …. In short, the work of ANSES will significantly reduce the scope of possible applications of the …. herbicide ….

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2 thoughts on “French regulators launch re-evaluation of glyphosate products”

  1. This is half information, half disinformation.

    “The National Health Security Agency (ANSES) is tightening [its] grip around the herbicide king [glyphosate]”? Well…

    The first shot is: “On December 15, it will withdraw from the market 132 glyphosate products for which the manufacturers have not filed a re-authorization application.” This is nothing else but ordinary business. It should be Added that the political authorities have banned (synthetic) pesticides from use by private persons as from 1 January 2019. This explains at least in part why so many formulated products are not subject to an application for renewal of the marketing authorization.

    The second shot is: “By December 31, 2020, it will ban all glyphosate products that pose a risk to the environment or health, and all uses for which alternatives exist.” The true fact is President Macron, unhappy with the European Union decision (by a majority of member States, not the Commission) to renew the authorization of glyphosate as an active substance for five years has asked (reas: ordered) the Government to ban glyphosate altogether within three years, i.e. by the end of 2020.

    Whether this will happen is an issue by itself. ANSES, which is in charge of the authorizations (perhaps save where President Macron…) has clearly stated that it has no reason to ban glyphosate. So the bit about “glyphosate products that pose a risk to the environment” is clear dysinformation, in fact propaganda by a newspaper which owes its Survival to considerable public subsidies and has made itself into a form of Pravda preaching the right ideology on these issues.

    Furthermore, the European Commission has politely, but clearly intimated to the authorities of the Brussels Capital Region that it is not within its prérogatives to ban a chemical.

    As a final touch, I doubt that the interested parties such as the Glyphosate Task Force, which includes Bayer, and farmers will let it happen without turning to justice for their rights and interests.

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