(ANSA) – Brussels, June 15 – Glyphosate herbicide is not carcinogenic, it is not mutant and is not toxic to reproduction.
These are the results of the first report on material safety in the context of renewing EU accreditation. In the wake of the controversy in recent years, the report was prepared in place of officials from four countries (France, Holland, Sweden and Hungary) as per EU practice. The document indicates that glyphosate is eligible for re-recognition in Europe, but recommends further analysis of its impact on biodiversity.
A summary of the 11,000-page-long preliminary comment was released today. The final stage of the assessment is up to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECA), the analysis and recommendations of which are presented today by four national authorities. Both companies will launch the consultation in September by posting documents on their websites. Gathering feedback, Icha and Efsa will make the expected results in May and June 2022, respectively. Therefore, the European Commission should prepare a legislative proposal based on scientific advice, which will be provided to member states. In 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron promised to ban glyphosate within three years, but introduced incentives to halve its use for farmers by 2021 by 2022. In 2019, the Austrian parliament approved the ban and dropped it within months. In Germany, parliament is debating the government’s proposal for a ban from 2024, citing potential damage to the environment. (On the handle).
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