It is “unlikely” that glyphosate, which is found especially in the composition of the weed killer Roundup, is carcinogenic says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in a report released Thursday.
This analysis will be used by the European Commission to renew or not authorization of the substance in the EU next year.
EFSA considers in its report that it is “unlikely that glyphosate is genotoxic (that damages DNA) or that it constitutes a carcinogenic risk to humans.” Experts from the European Authority propose that this product mainly used in pesticides, is not categorized as a carcinogen “in EU regulation on classification, labeling and packaging of chemical substances.”
This analysis will feed the reflection of the European Commission, which must decide in June whether it renews or not the use of glyphosate authorization granted since 2002.
A spokesperson the executive said the institution would “carefully consider” EFSA’s conclusions before making a decision “in consultation with the Member States.”
The EFSA opinion is strongly criticized by Greenpeace and Pesticide Action Network (PAN), among others, especially because it goes against the current of one of the World Health Organization ( WHO). Any agency ruled in March that glyphosate was “probably” carcinogenic.
Greenpeace has questioned EFSA’s scientific independence particular to have based his report on non-published studies. “The evidence of dangerousness is irrefutable, but EFSA defies global agency authoritative in terms of cancer in order to appeal to companies like Monsanto (Manufacturer’s Roundup),” Franziska Achterberg criticized for NGOs .
It urges the European Commission to take account of WHO conclusions: “After failing to protect the health of Europeans emissions from cars, the Commission must not repeat the same mistakes.”