June 7, 2016 — Roundup could soon be recalled in the European Union (EU) after several member states refused to extend its license due to concerns about cancer.
Seven countries abstained from voting, 20 approved renewal, and one voted against. France and Germany abstained but said they will not approve new permits for glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.
Earlier this year, tests discovered glyphosate in German beer, British bread, organic panty liners sold in France, and the urine of people throughout Europe.
The EU has twice failed to pass a 15-year renewal on glyphosate. Proposals for a 12- or 18-month renewal will also fail without support from member states representing 65% of the EU population by June 30, according to the The Guardian.
The controversy comes amid a $62 billion takeover bid by German’s Bayer for Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup and the world’s largest producer of genetically modified (GMO) seeds.
Monsanto is facing a growing number of lawsuits from people who say Roundup causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma. One landmark case involves a California man who used no other herbicides or pesticides on his farm.
The controversy went mainstream last year, after the cancer-research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Roundup was a “probable human carcinogen.”
The conclusions were based on studies linking Roundup and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in agricultural workers from the United States, Canada, and Sweden. Last month, the WHO said Roundup was “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk” in food.
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