According to Reuters:
France’s health and safety agency is poised to ban weedkillers that combine chemicals glyphosate and tallowamine because of concerns over possible health risks, it said Friday.
The agency had reviewed products combining glyphosate and tallowamine after conclusions published in November by the European Food Safety Agency suggested there were greater potential health risks in combined use rather than when glyphosate is used alone, she said.ADVERTISEMENT
Monsanto said it was among companies affected by the French decision, calling the debate around glyphosate in Europe “political”.
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, has stirred fierce debate over the past year since a World Health Organisation body classified it as a probable carcinogenic, and EU countries are discussing whether or not to extend its EU-wide license.
Glyphosate remains legal in the United States.
As an updated, the EU has voted to extend the license of Roundup for an additional 7 years. Although this approval is non binding.