- Created: 11 March 2016
By Stephen Gardner. A regulatory committee of representatives from the European Union's member states March 8 opted not to take a decision on the reauthorisation in the bloc of the herbicide glyphosate, possibly deferring a vote on the issue until May.
Glyphosate is one of the world's most widely used active ingredients in herbicides, including Monsanto's Roundup brand. The issue of its reauthorisation in the EU has become increasingly contentious since the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, issued in February a draft regulation under which glyphosate would be reauthorised through 2031.
Environmental groups and lawmakers opposed to the reauthorisation have accused the commission of ignoring studies carried out by the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer that concluded glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic.”
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