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Food companies pursue ‘glyphosate free’ certification as Roundup-cancer legal battle rages

| | April 22, 2019
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Companies are increasingly enrolling in a voluntary certification program that provides glyphosate-free labels for their products, as consumers grow more wary of the herbicide and businesses look to cater to their skepticism.

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In the absence of labeling requirements, the Detox Project, a private research and certification platform, is stepping in. The company is based in Europe, but its primary market is the U.S.

Government regulators including the EPA and Health Canada have not determined that glyphosate poses a health risk, but some consumers are still concerned. A recent study linked glyphosate exposure with an increased risk of cancer, and two juries have awarded multimillion-dollar verdicts to plaintiffs who claimed the herbicide was responsible for their cancer.

[Read GLP’s glyphosate FAQ for more information.]

….The Detox Project requires companies to get their products tested by a lab at least three times a year and provide certification.

[So far], 30 brands with a total of 300 products were participating. Another 25 were going through the process….The European Parliament is trying to push through a law that would develop a new process to approve controversial substances such as glyphosate, POLITICO Europe reported.

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