Jan. 18, 2019
The French National Agency for Food Safety, Food, Environment (the Anses), challenged by a judgment rendered on 15 January by the Lyon Administrative Court, denies having made an error of assessment with regard to the precautionary principle. The herbicide has since been banned for sale and banned from use.
Two days after the withdrawal of the Marketing Authorization (MA) from Roundup Pro 360 in France, ANSES defended itself for having committed "any error of assessment in the application of the national regulation and European, "as wrote the Lyons administrative court in its judgment of 15 January. In a statement, ANSES states that it "applies the precautionary principle every day through a rigorous risk assessment carried out by independent scientific expert committees".
126 products removed
ANSES is currently re-evaluating all glyphosate
products marketed in France and is" fully committed to evaluating alternatives to the use of glyphosate, in line with government commitments (...). As early as 2016, the Agency was the first national authority to withdraw marketing authorizations for 126 glyphosate products containing a potentially genotoxic co-formulant".
The latest is Roundup Pro 360, used in vineyards and field crops, which represents, according to Bayer, less than 2% of glyphosate sales under the Roundup brand in France.
ANSES is responsible for implementing, at the national level, the European regulation on the placing on the market of regulated products: plant protection products, biocidal products and veterinary medicines. It also helps to change this regulation for greater efficiency and transparency.