Thailand plans glyphosate ban

BANGKOK (Reuters) — Thailand’s ban on glyphosate, which its government deemed hazardous, could threaten imports of American agricultural products into Thailand, the U.S. government says.

The country’s National Hazardous Substances Committee voted Oct. 22 to ban the use of three “hazardous chemicals,” including paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos.

The ban, which will take effect Dec. 1, would see the chemicals elevated to a Type 4 list on the country’s Hazardous Substance Act, which was amended this year and bans production, import, export, transfer or possession of the listed chemicals.

The ban itself doesn’t extend to agricultural products, but farmers are also calling for Thailand to ban all imports of crops from countries where the chemicals are used.

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