Member states give glyphosate 6-month reprieve

Glyphosate’s EU licence has been extended by six months to allow for more time for a final decision on whether it should be allowed to remain on the market

Glyphosate’s EU licence has been extended by six months to allow for more time for a final decision on whether it should be allowed to remain on the market.

The EU licence for the world’s most widely used herbicide is currently under a routine review, and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) should have completed its risk assessment in August.

But the review has been delayed by the publication of World Health Organization research concluding that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans. This contradicts the findings of the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, which is advising the EU on the licence review. EFSA will now publish its recommendation, taking account of the WHO research, in October.

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