BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — Ahead of the E.U. Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) vote, COCERAL called on the E.U. decision-makers and members states to keep the herbicide active substance glyphosate on the E.U. market.

COCERAL relies on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientific findings, including but not limited to glyphosate herbicide. EFSA has not classified glyphosate as threatening to human health overall, including its residues, the presence of which does not show evidence of posing chronic or acute risks for the consumers.

COCERAL urges the E.U. decision-makers and members states to grant the renewal of glyphosate authorization.

“Considering the importance of the active substance for E.U. farmers, we expect the herbicide to be re-authorized by the E.U. Commission and member states,” said Teresa Babuscio, COCERAL secretary general. “Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world. Failure to reauthorize it would seriously jeopardize the supply of grains and oilseeds to the E.U. market, particularly vegetable protein sources for the poultry sector.” 

Plant protection products (PPPs) are essential to secure sustainable yields and quality of agricultural production in Europe, COCERAL said. PPPs are essential for farmers to manage the impact of naturally occurring fungicidal contaminants like mycotoxins, as well as to control adverse effects of insects or undesirable weeds, which seriously risk reducing agricultural output or render produce unsaleable, thus reducing Europe’s ability to provide sustainable supply of wholesome cereals, oilseeds and arable crops. 

COCERAL members are committed to ensure compliance with the highest food and feed safety standards. COCERAL supports scientific evidence and science-based policy decisions in all fields affecting the E.U. market, including the application of maximum residue limits (MRLs) to protect human, animal and environmental health.