Thirty-six glyphosate-based products will be withdrawn from sale in France, the National Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (Anses) announced on Monday.
In 2018, these products represented nearly three quarters of the tonnages of glyphosate-based products sold in France for agricultural and non-agricultural uses, the health agency said in a press release.
“They can no longer be used from the end of 2020, due to the insufficiency or absence of scientific data allowing any genotoxic risk to be ruled out”, adds ANSES.
At the same time, the agency refused to authorize four new products.
A process that must be completed at the end of 2020
ANSES has initiated a review of all the marketing authorizations for glyphosate-based products marketed in France following the five-year re-approval of the herbicidal substance by the European Union in 2017. The process should end at the end of 2020.
“Only glyphosate-based products meeting the efficacy and safety criteria defined at European level for the claimed uses, and which cannot be satisfactorily substituted, will ultimately benefit from access to the French market”, adds the ‘Handles.