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FDA to Start Testing Food for Presence Of Herbicide

by Shirley Johanna on February 22, 2016 at 6:07 PM
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FDA to Start Testing Food for Presence Of Herbicide

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will start testing food products for glyphosate. Monsanto's herbicide glyphosate, marketed as Roundup, is the most-used agricultural chemical worldwide.

It has been difficult to determine how much of the pesticide gets into the food supply as the regulatory committee said this would be a waste of time and money given that the agrichemical industry already claimed to have proven the chemical as safe.

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The chemical company claimed that trace amounts of glyphosate in foods are not harmful and does not pose an unreasonable risk to humans and the environment.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a review of more than 400 studies in 2015 and rated glyphosate and two other chemicals as "probably carcinogenic to humans."
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The WHO's findings were based on the studies in Sweden, Canada and the United States showing that those who work with glyphosate-based-herbicides have elevated risks for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Experts have called for regulators to reassess the chemical's toxicity and take necessary steps to protect people from exposure to the chemical.

"Animal and epidemiology studies published in the last decade, however, point to the need for a fresh look at glyphosate toxicity," says a group of researchers led by John Peterson Myers from Carnegie Mellon University. "Regulatory estimates of tolerable daily intakes for glyphosate in the United States and the European Union are based on outdated science."

The FDA has developed streamlining methods to test the presence of the chemical in food. Tests will be carried out in corn, milk, eggs and soybeans to measure the amount of glyphosate.

Monsanto said that it is confident that its herbicide is safe. "If FDA does move forward with residue testing in a scientifically rigorous manner, we are confident it will reaffirm the safe use of this vital tool used safely and effectively by farmers, landowners and homeowners around the world," says Monsanto spokeswoman Charla Lord.

Source: Medindia
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