Environment & Energy Report

Glyphosate Ruling in EU Court Confirms Public’s ‘Right to Know’

March 7, 2019, 5:38 PM

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was wrong to cite commercial confidentiality when refusing access to studies on the possible toxic and carcinogenic effects of a common herbicide, the EU Court of Justice ruled in twin March 7 judgments.

The impact on pesticide manufacturers of the two rulings on transparency of safety assessments could be limited, because companies are already starting to make their safety studies public.

The Luxembourg-based court annulled two separate EFSA decisions dating from 2014 and 2017 that refused access to studies on glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide.

Since the European...

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