to ban some glyphosate weedkillers due to health
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[April 08, 2016]
PARIS (Reuters) - France's health
and safety agency has decided to ban weedkillers that combine chemicals
glyphosate and tallowamine due to uncertainty over possible health
risks, the agency said on Friday.
The ANSES agency sent a letter this week to manufacturers informing
them that it intends to withdraw the authorization for such
products, Francoise Weber, ANSES' deputy director general, told
The agency reviewed products combining glyphosate and tallowamine
after conclusions published in November by the European Food Safety
Agency (EFSA) suggested greater potential risks compared to
glyphosate alone, she said.
Glyphosate, a common ingredient in weedkillers such as Monsanto's
Roundup, has been the subject of fierce debate in the past year
since it was classified as probably carcinogenic by a World Health
Organisation body, and European Union countries are discussing
whether or not to extend its EU-wide licence.
Monsanto said it was among companies affected by the French
decision, calling the debate around glyphosate in Europe
(Reporting by Gus Trompiz; Editing by Andrew Callus)
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