Dec 5, 2022
Glyphosate license extended to end of 2023

The European Commission (Commission) extended the EU authorization for the use of herbicide glyphosate until the end of 2023, according to Commission officials. The authorization was due to expire Dec. 15, 2022.

Earlier in 2022, the Commission asked EU countries to approve a one-year extension on the expiring five-year authorization after the European Food Safety Authority announced in May 2022 that it would not be able to recommend whether a new authorization should be granted until at least July 2023.

The controversial chemical, which critics say is linked to cancer and can have detrimental impacts on insects and marine invertebrates, was last reapproved for use in the EU in 2017. In May of 2022, the European Chemicals Agency concluded that glyphosate is not carcinogenic, but it can cause serious eye damage and is toxic to aquatic life.

After countries failed to reach a majority decision at votes in October and November, the Commission said it had “a legal obligation” to extend the authorization until the EU’s food agency publishes its verdict in 2023 on whether to grant the chemical a new EU approval. The one-year authorization will expire Dec. 15, 2023.

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