Health Canada keeps glyphosate prod­ucts on mar­ket

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NATIONAL -

OTTAWA — Health Canada sci­en­tists say there is no rea­son to be­lieve the sci­en­tific ev­i­dence they used to ap­prove the con­tin­ued use of glyphosate in weed killers was tainted.

The depart­ment’s Pest Management Reg­u­la­tory Agency is up­hold­ing its 2017 de­ci­sion that weed killers and pes­ti­cides con­tain­ing glyphosate were safe as long as they are prop­erly used and la­belled.

How­ever eight ob­jec­tions were filed about the de­ci­sion ac­cus­ing Mon­santo, maker of the glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup, of fil­ing sci­en­tific stud­ies sup­port­ing their prod­uct with­out re­veal­ing the com­pany had a hand in those stud­ies.

Their ac­cu­sa­tions were based on doc­u­ments filed in a U.S. law­suit in which a for­mer groundskeeper was awarded a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar set­tle­ment af­ter ju­rors de­cided his cancer was linked to glyphosate.

Bayer Ag, which owns Mon­santo, de­nies im­prop­erly in­flu­enc­ing the out­comes of hun­dreds of stud­ies it says prove its prod­uct is safe.

In a de­ci­sion re­leased to­day Health Canada sci­en­tists say a thor­ough re­view did not pro­duce doubt or con­cern re­gard­ing the sci­ence used to de­cide glyphosate can con­tinue to be used in Canada and that no pes­ti­cide reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity in the world cur­rently con­sid­ers glyphosate to be a cancer risk at cur­rent ex­po­sure lev­els.

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