ECHA opens debate on glyphosate

The pesticides industry, health experts and campaigners have weighed in on the potential reclassification of glyphosate as a carcinogen

Glyphosate is often used to control the growth of grasses in orchards. Photograph: David Martyn Hughes/123RFEuropean chemicals experts are considering if the labelling of glyphosate should be updated to account for new evidence of its effects on health.

The European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) committee for risk assessment has opened a debate on the subject, having heard from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a joint Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization (WHO) body, the German government, the pesticides industry and civil society on 7 December.

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