Here at the Corner, we’re super passionate about avoiding pesticides and GMOs. After the World Health Organization declared glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide (Roundup), as a possible carcinogen last spring, the FDA now says it will step up efforts to test for excessive residues of glyphosate in food.
“The agency is now considering assignments for Fiscal Year 2016 to measure glyphosate in soybeans, corn, milk, and eggs, among other potential foods,” FDA spokeswoman Lauren Sucher told Civil Eats.
The move comes after numerous consumer health and environmental advocacy groups have become increasingly more vocal about concerns over the use of glyphosate since the WHO warning.
“Private companies, academics, and consumer groups have recently launched their own testing and claim to have detected glyphosate residues in breast milk, honey, cereal, wheat flour, soy sauce, infant formula, and other substances,” reports Civil Eats.
The FDA hasn’t yet released specific details about its plans to test foods, only noting that the issue is “sensitive” and that this will be the first time the agency will be actively testing foods for glyphosate levels. Scary stuff, right?
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