The 22 member companies of the Glyphosate Task Force (GTF) fully engage to ensure the safety of their products for all users and are committed to minimising their impact on health and the environment.
The GTF is profoundly disappointed at the outcome of today’s meeting whereby Member States categorically ignored scientific advice in renewing the approval of the active substance glyphosate.
The GTF considers this situation to be discriminatory and unacceptable. Ultimately, failure to renew the approval of glyphosate based on political considerations will only serve to seriously undermine the credibility of the EU legislative framework within an international context and will put European agriculture at competitive disadvantage.
According to a new study published by the Kleffmann Group a potential ban of glyphosate results in significant economic losses for the German agricultural sector.
OEHHA should have reviewed its decision to automatically add glyphosate under Prop 65 based on IARC classifications until a thorough investigation of IARC funding and working methods has been completed. OEHHA has chosen to ignore its own scientific assessment.
On 14 June, Reuters published a special report revealing that the chairman of the IARC committee responsible of glyphosate classification, Dr. Aaron Blair, deliberately withheld data from a significant study which strongly suggested that glyphosate is not carcinogenic.