By Gus Trompiz and Sybille de La Hamaide
PARIS (Reuters) – France's well being and setting company mentioned Monday that it was banning dozens of glyphosate-based herbicides, a lot of the quantity of such merchandise bought in France, and dominated that there was inadequate knowledge to exclude well being dangers.
The ANSES company was withdrawing the advertising and marketing license for 36 merchandise that may not be licensed to be used after the tip of subsequent yr, it mentioned in an announcement.
The merchandise accounted for nearly three quarters of the amount of glyphosate merchandise bought final yr in France, the biggest agricultural producer within the European Union, he mentioned.
ANSES added that requests to launch 4 new merchandise primarily based on glyphosate have been additionally rejected.
Glyphosate, first developed by the Bayer Monsanto unit below the Roundup model, has been the topic of controversy since an company of the World Well being Group concluded in 2015 that it in all probability causes most cancers. Bayer denies the cost.
Bayer faces probably costly lawsuits in america and politicians within the European Union have been brazenly discussing herbicide bans.
Austria, which is making an attempt to be the primary European nation to ban all makes use of of the herbicide, mentioned Monday that a legislation on the ban can’t enter into power on January 1 as deliberate as a result of the European Fee was not correctly notified.
In 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to finish the usage of glyphosate in France inside three years, as if Austria have been past an EU choice to increase its use for 5 years.
Nevertheless, the Macron authorities didn’t legislate to ban glyphosate, setting a aim to progressively get rid of its use in 2021, besides the place there have been no viable alternate options.
ANSES mentioned it had been reviewing the 69 glyphosate merchandise out there in France, in addition to 11 functions to market new merchandise.
"ANSES has determined that 36 of those merchandise will likely be withdrawn from the market and their use will not be allowed as of the tip of 2020, as a result of lack or absence of scientific knowledge that can permit discarding any genotoxic threat." The company mentioned.
The checklist of merchandise to be recalled included a number of variations of Roundup together with different merchandise owned by Bayer, along with different manufacturers bought by a dozen different producers.
Glyphosate is out of patent and marketed worldwide by numerous different crop chemical teams, along with Bayer.
Bayer mentioned in an announcement despatched by e-mail that it might adjust to the ANSES choice, however deliberate to supply extra data to the company as a approach of "working to resume advertising and marketing authorizations for our glyphosate-based merchandise in France."
ANSES mentioned it might full its evaluation of glyphosate merchandise by the tip of subsequent yr, and that solely merchandise that met EU standards and didn’t have sufficient alternate options may very well be bought in France.
The nation of origin of Bayer, Germany, will ban the substance on the finish of 2023.
(Reviews by Gus Trompiz and Sybille de La Hamaide, extra reviews by Patricia Weiss and Ludwig Burger in Frankfurt; Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Nick Macfie Version)