Glyphosate Gets a Positive Nod from WHO and FAO

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    Glyphosate does not pose a likely risk as a cancer causing chemical in humans from exposure to foods that contain ingredients treated with the herbicide during production, according to an assessment by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

    The determination was announced at a joint FAO-WHO meeting on pesticide residues held in Geneva, Switzerland, last week. The conclusion: glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet.”

    Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR), held in Geneva from 9-13 May, has concluded that glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet. Glyphosate was scheduled for re-evaluation at the 2016 meeting of the Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR).

    Richard Garnett, the chair of the Glyphosate Task force (GTF), said that his industry-based consorcium welcomed the decision.

    “The GTF is not surprised that the JMPR has provided a review and conclusion that confirms the many previous assessments of glyphosate by regulatory agencies around the world,” Garnett said.”

    In the summary, published today, the JMPR concludes that glyphosate presents a very low acute toxicity and that glyphosate is not associated with genotoxic effects in an overwhelming majority of studies conducted in mammals. The summary concludes that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet.

    “As the GTF we welcome the constant reviews of glyphosate and reiterate that a high level scrutiny only contributes to higher protection for consumers and operators,” said Garnett.

    The report comes after EPA “inadvertently” released an on-line report that reached essentially the same conclusion, then quickly pulled the document from its website, saying it had not been through the final review process.




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