MEPs Confront Commissioner on Monsanto Papers

Members of European Parliament stated at a plenary session earlier this month that correspondence from Monsanto (owner and producer of Roundup, a widely used herbicide based on the active substance glyphosate) which was recently disclosed, has shed doubt on the credibility of a number of Monsanto-sponsored studies. The studies were part of the evidence used by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to evaluate the safety of glyphosate but according to Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU agencies concluded that allegations stemming from “Monsanto papers”, if true, would have no impact on safety assessment conclusions. Some MEPs stressed that the substance’s safety assessment should be strictly science-based and that the process should steer clear of emotions. Others called for the launch of an independent review on glyphosate. Many MEPs agreed that low-risk herbicides should be better promoted.

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