Glyphosate

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 21st November 2017.

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Photo of Lord Wigley Lord Wigley Plaid Cymru

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review regulations concerning the use of glyphosate products as weed killers, in the light of evidence presented to the United States Federal Court relating to its safety.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Pesticides are highly regulated in the UK and can only be used if scientific assessment establishes that they pose no unacceptable risks to people or the environment.

UK specialists participated in the European Food Safety Authority’s assessment of glyphosate and support its conclusions that glyphosate meets the safety requirements for approval. The Government therefore supports the continuing approval of glyphosate.

If glyphosate is approved, we will review the authorisations of glyphosate products to ensure they meet current standards.

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