EU states won’t back new glyphosate licence

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — European Union nations refused to back a limited extension of glyphosate’s use June 6, threatening withdrawal of Monsanto’s Roundup and other herbicides from shelves if no decision is reached by the end of the month.

Contradictory findings on the carcinogenic risks of the chemical have thrust it into the centre of a dispute among EU and U.S. politicians, regulators and researchers.

Without a majority decision, the EU executive may submit its proposal to an appeal committee of political representatives of the 28 member states within a month. If there is again no decision, the EC may adopt its own proposal.

The prospect of a European ban could complicate EU-U.S. trade talks.

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