Glyphosate: an EU regulatory roundup

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued “the all clear” on glyphosate, finding “no critical areas of concern” during its extensive risk assessment. This long-awaited document has the potential to clear the way for reapproval of Europe’s most popular herbicide. Given this significance, it’s worth analyzing its chaotic regulatory history, examining the implications of the risk assessment document itself, and projecting how this controversial active substance is likely to be treated by EU regulators going forward.

Regulatory background

Varying global conclusions on the carcinogenicity of glyphosate, sold as an active ingredient in the popular herbicidal product Roundup, have muddied conversations on how it should be regulated in the European Union.

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