Is Glyphosate in Our Food? FDA Wants to Know.

February 19, 2016 03:00 PM

Glyphosate will soon be getting even more scrutiny. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that it would begin testing soybeans, corn, milk, eggs and other foods for glyphosate residue. 

It represents the latest example of regulatory attention being paid to the popular weedkiller made by Monsanto. California is trying to add it to list of known carcinogens which could have impact and liability for farmers. Monsanto is being sued by cancer patients who say they were exposed to the product. And a World Health Organization called it a “probable carcinogen” in a controversial report. 

Against that backdrop, FDA has decided to start testing for the chemical in the food supply, despite the $5 million price tag in startup costs for such a testing program.

“While FDA hasn’t officially confirmed to us that they plan to move forward with residue testing, glyphosate’s 40-year history of safe use has been upheld by the U.S. EPA and regulators around the world following decades of study and review,” Monsanto said in a prepared statement. “No data have ever indicated residue levels of more than a fraction of EPA’s very conservative Allowable Daily Intake or any level of concern. If FDA does move forward with residue testing in a scientifically rigorous manner, we are confident it will reaffirm the safe use of this vital tool used safely and effectively by farmers, landowners and homeowners around the world.”

Glyphosate hit the market in the 1970s and rose in popularity with the introduction of Roundup Ready crops in 1996. 

Others don't think FDA's plans to examine foods for glyphosate residue go far enough. 

"The FDA move is a good first step, but the testing much be more thorough and widespread," says Gary Ruskin, co-director of U.S. Right to Know in a recent press release. "USDA also should get on board."

What do you think about FDA's decision to test for glyphosate residue in certain foods? Let us know in the comments.




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Spell Check

2/20/2016 12:58 PM

  It is amazing that it took 20 years to decide to test foods. It is sprayed on our grain crops just before harvest and the UK found significant contamination. The current legal limits are are redicu;pus as they were significantly increased years ago without scientific study, ignoring a massive outcry from scientists. The whole idea that it is harmless to humans assumet that the trillions of bacterial cells in our gut bacteria are totall useless! Gut bacteria co-evolved with man and is needed for proper digestion and to regulate the immune system, produce many important vitamins and enzymes and to tell us when we have eaten enough. The damage done is slow acting and missed by the 30 day animal testing used by the FDA. A whole host of chronic diseases is strongly correlated (98%) with the dramatic increase in glyphosate *Roundup) use:

Chappell, NE
2/23/2016 09:12 AM

  Maybe no-till isn't the answer to everything? Could it be the chemical companies themselves that have pushed no-till so hard for the past decade?

Boyd, MN
2/22/2016 08:44 AM

  Let's get real here!! There is risk everywhere as in falling as you get out of bed in the morning and breaking your neck. When you are looking for something in parts per billion you can find most anything you are looking for!


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