First the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) deemed glyphosate, the main component in herbicides such as Round Up, a ‘probable carcinogen.’ Then, California’s EPA announced that glyphosate-products would adopt a cancer label. Now, France’s Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) suggests that glyphosate is likely a category 2 carcinogen, meaning it is cancerous to human beings.
ANSES believes the classification of glyphosate should be rapidly reviewed by the European Chemicals Agency.
Specifically in question within Round Up’s formulation is a co-formulant used in many glyphosate preparations called tallowamine.
ANSES says it will conduct an immediate reassessment of the marketing authorizations for preparations combining glyphosate and tallowamine.
ANSES received a formal request to investigate the hazards posed by glyphosate to human health after the IARC released its study.
The Agency states that with current evidence, it is not possible to propose a classification in Category 1A or 1B (respectively, known or presumed to be carcinogenic to humans, CLP Regulation), but that glyphosate could be classified in Category 2 (substances suspected of being carcinogenic to humans, CLP). It is upon this premise that ANSES feels that the classification of glyphosate deserves expeditious review by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
It isn’t just the active substance, for once, drawing attention. Co-formulants found in glyphosate preparations, tallowamine in particular, are raising concerns. The Agency will review glyphosate-based herbicides as well as conduct an immediate reassessment of the marketing authorizations for preparations combining glyphosate and tallowamine.
This means that Monsanto’s best-selling Round Up herbicide may be banned in France faster than you can say “French fried.”
Currently, glyphosate, the active substance in Monsanto’s Round Up, is used widely in France and other parts of Europe. Annual tonnage used varies between 1264 tonnes and 2055 tonnes from 2008 to 2014.
Every ten years, a plant ‘protection’ substance must be reviewed by EFSA, with Germany (BfR) as the rapporteur Member State. The conclusions of the BfR’s expert assessment, which will serve as the basis for the vote by the Member States on whether or not to re-approve the active substance, recommend establishing a threshold for acute toxicity.
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This will make it harder for glyphosate to pass with Grade “A” marks.
The Agency’s analysis indicates that:
- “the level of evidence of carcinogenicityin animals and humans is considered relatively limited and cannot be used to propose a classification in Category 1A or 1B (respectively, known or presumed to be carcinogenic to humans) in application of the criteria of Regulation(EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP);
- in view of the limited level of evidence, the substance could arguably be classified in Category 2(substances suspected of being carcinogenic to humans, CLP), without the Agency being in a position to take a decision in the absence of a detailed analysis of all the studies.
- In light of these results, the Agency believes that the classification of glyphosate should be rapidly reviewed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
- In addition, besides the active substance and given the exposure to preparations and the concerns raised about the co-formulants, the Agency is continuing its work through the establishment of a Working Group on the risks associated with the co-formulants found in all plant protection preparations, in particular for amateur use. The work will focus on glyphosate-based formulations as a matter of priority.
- Furthermore, given the recent issues raised by EFSA concerning tallowamine, the Agency will conduct an immediate reassessment of the marketing authorisations for preparations combining glyphosate and tallowamine.”
Even as a ‘probable carcinogen’ the world is DONE with glyphosate and Round Up formulations of all kinds.
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16 thoughts on “France Says “Glyphosate Could Be Carcinogenic to Humans””
This from the same country that claimed there was nothing to fear from Hitler.
The Germans had them paid off.
Sure they did, right before they attacked them.
This is the year 2016 and who really knows what was going on behind the scene during WW2.
So the people who had nothing to do with it are to blame?
Very cute fascist ploy, blaming the country of France for Hitler.
So obviously you aren’t smart enough to learn any lessons from history. Thanks for clearing that up.
Are you related to Prescott Bush?
Your now an expert on the what’s what and who’s who of back room deals and covert operations during WW2?
Obviously not, since the folks who you are blaming where only Children at the time, or not born yet.
Maybe an accurate portrayal of history would help you. History is to be learned from, not used as ad hominem attacks upon innocents.
You obviously haven’t learned much from history or any other source there mommies little moron.
I’m not the one blaming Hitler on the Children of France, and acting like I am an expert on every topic under the microscope.
The true aspect of history is, to not make the same mistakes, as you are by continually attacking and blaming innocents.
You are the one that continually lies and assumes. That shows your true color there moron.
Any simpleton can look to this conversation and see logic and reason, and your fascist opinions and vague responses.
You can’t be this stupid, there is no way.
Yes I promote people finding out for themselves the truth and you want them to believe lies. No one is as stupid as you wish they were to believe your crap.
You blamed the Children of France for Hitler, that is a clear demonstration of your lack of care or concern for mankind in general.
Especially since your defending your fascist attempts to defy logic through propaganda, lies and ideologies.
Those children obviously didn’t learn much since they were more than content to leave people like saddam alone.
Since Saddam wasn’t threat to France, wouldn’t it be wise to leave him be?
Isn’t the better part of wisdom knowing when to react and when not to?
Maybe 2%, though I’d realistically say less, of those Children have the political clout and access to reactionary forces, why are you blaming all?
That would be like me blaming you for all of the worlds environmental destruction, because you comment here on the internet.
It’s as much my fault as it is yours.
globerove dot com/France/French-Underground-Of-WWII/2597
Coming from the U.S. military, Glyphosate is a “tactical herbicide.”
MCRP 3-37C Flame, Riot Contol Agents and Herbicide Operations