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Lynn Boylan MEP slams EU Food Safety Body for ignoring cancer risk pesticide

13 November, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP, Lynn Boylan has today denounced the actions of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its biased report on the safety of glyphosate.

‘Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the world’s best-selling weed-killers which can be found in any garden centre across Ireland. The herbicide has been deemed ‘probably carcinogenic’ by the World Health Organisation (WHO) this year.

‘EFSA has once again showed its preference for industry-commissioned, unpublished studies instead of peer-reviewed and publicly available independent research. Indeed, they’ve gone so far as to deny freedom of information requests from public health and environmental groups to see the industry study EFSA is using to claim the use of glyphosate as safe.

‘The current ten-year license for glyphosate runs out in June 2016 when the European Commission will decide on whether or not to approve its renewal. Unfortunately, the Commission will be basing its decision on EFSA’s flawed advice.

‘It is incredibly worrying for  our citizens’ health that the opinion of the world’s leading health organisation is being pushed aside by EFSA which is instead leaning on industry studies which have not been published or reviewed by the scientific community.

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