Allegations linking the use of glyphosate as the cause of serious health effects in Argentina have generated a degree of media attention. These stories relate to research carried out by students in 2014 in a rural area of Argentina, under the direction of a paediatrician from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (UNC).
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed the outcome of previous risk evaluations, concluding that the herbicide glyphosate does not demonstrate carcinogenic or mutagenic properties and has no toxic effect on fertility, reproduction or embryonal development.
A recent Commission Implementing Regulation extends the current EU approval period for 23 active substances including glyphosate by six months to cover delays arising from the robust evaluation process.
In light of the published findings and recommendations of the WHO Core Assessment Group on Pesticides Expert task force on Diazinon, Glyphosate and Malathion the Glyphosate Task Force emphasizes again that glyphosate does not pose unacceptable risks to health or the environment when used according to label directions.
Glyphosate Task Force has conducted a preliminary review of the IARC monograph and identified multiple shortcomings in IARC’s assessment: IARC’s monograph does not present new research data; the information actually selected for consideration by the IARC panel represents only a subset of the vast dataset available on glyphosate; IARC selected ...
In the interests of placing IARC’s conclusions in the appropriate context, the Glyphosate task Force wishes to highlight the clarification provided by IARC that the Monograph Programme does not constitute a risk assessment evaluation.