Judgment on glyphosate: not carcinogenic – Defense and weeding

Fresh news, May 30, 2022: the Risk Assessment Committee (Cancer) of Echathe European Chemicals Agency concluded that respect glyphosate the current classification is suitable for toxicological and ecotoxicological profile of the molecule. Therefore, no changes are needed in this regard.

According to Echa, in fact, the classification of glyphosate is correct for predicting specific “H” phrases, ie H318 (Causes serious eye damage) e H411 (Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects). Nothing new then, from the acid reaction of the active substance makes it harmful to the eyes as well as to some specific aquatic organisms they are sensitive to glyphosate.

The committee found that the scientific evidence available do not meet the criteria for classifying glyphosate based on specific toxicity for different target organsnor consider it substance carcinogens, mutagenic o toxic for reproduction.

The new opinion is, then coherent with the one already expressed in 2017, as well as with the proposal of the four Member States currently evaluating glyphosate, ie Sweden, France, Hungary and the Netherlands.

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The next steps

The new opinion of the European Chemicals Agency will be published on the Echa website and will be sent to both in mid-August 2022. European Commission, and the European Food Safety Authority. After that, Efsa will carry out his risk assessment resulting from the use of glyphosate. A rather heavy evaluation, although it already has large amounts of scientific data, which should be completed in July 2023.

Finally, the European Commission will analyze it EFSA conclusionsincluded evaluation report renovation prepared by Sweden, France, Hungary and the Netherlands. Once this has been done, the Commission will present a report to the Member States on the renewal of the active substance at European level, as well as a draft Regulation on whether or not to renew the approval of the herbicide.

Phrases H318 and H411 in Fitogest

Out of curiosity, of 1,814 formulated currently surveyed Fitogest I am 242 those who carry the sentence H411of which 6 based on glyphosate, while others 218 denounces the sentence H318of which 29 are usable in organic farmingsuch as various copper-based formulations (neutralized sulphate, tribasic sulphate, hydroxide and oxychloride), but also containing suffersmineral oil and natural terpenes such as geraniol and thymol.

With the phrase H411 there are some instead 33 authorized formulations in organic farming, including various pheromonessweet orange essential oil, pyrethrins natural oils, mineral oil, azadirachtin A, espinosad, some mixtures of copper and copper oxychloride and even a microorganisms (Paecilomyces lilacinus).

As can be seen, the two sentences proposed for the classification of glyphosate are not at all exceptional, nor can they be taken for granted as a pretext for designating the herbicide as black sheep of the flock. Also because by virtue of indicating a luxury black sheep, there is a risk that some chemophobic integralist you realize that with the same fleece, far from being black, there are dozens and dozens of formulations that would be worth not getting dirty by accusations as infamous as meaningless.

How Echa and Rac work

Together with the Commission and the Member States, the TEC implements the harmonized classification and labeling process (Clh) for substances dangerouswith the aim of safeguarding human health and the environment.

Therefore, harmonized classification and labeling focus only on the concept of “danger“of substances, or their potential to be harmful. In other words, theexhibition of people or the environment, that is, the assessment of real risks. In fact, this process is part of EFSA’s peer review of the risk assessment.

The committee for risk assessment (Rac) is made up of experts and scientists appointed by the Member States of the European Union, as well as by the Echa board of directors. The Rac also anticipates the presence of observers from various organizations of the Union, representing civil society, academia and industry. Together, these entities are responsible for the treatment scientific advice which are then used by the European Commission and EU Member States to decide how control the risks resulting from the use of chemicals.

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