Trace amounts of glyphosate in Canadian foods spur more questions about safety of Monsanto’s Roundup

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Data obtained and analyzed by the CBC show that more than one third of the [food] samples tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency between 2015 and 2018 contained residues of glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in the world….

Between 2015 and 2018, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) tested no less than 12,767 food products of all kinds….37% of the samples contained glyphosate residues, but only 0.5% contained glyphosate residues above the allowable limits.

[Editor’s note: Read ‘Children killer’ glyphosate found in Cheerios? Experts dismantle Environmental Working Group’s glyphosate study for more information]

A danger to health?

The answer to this simple question is complex, says says Louise Vandelac, a pesticide reseacher at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

Related article:  Boulder, Colorado farmers find benefits and drawbacks to both GMOs and organic crops

“The studies of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) confirm that it is a probable carcinogen….IARC’s conclusion is based on independent studies….”

Frederic Bissonnette is [with] Health Canada’s Pest Management Re-evaluation Agency. In January of [2019], Health Canada continued glyphosate registration for the next 15 years. He defends….[the decision]. “We got studies not only from Monsanto, but also from other companies,” he says. We have access to the raw data, which allows us to do our own calculations to arrive at our own conclusion.”

[Editor’s note: This article was published in French. This English summary was prepared with Google Translate and edited for clarity.]

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