Ms Stella Kyriakides
21 November 2023
We urge you, as the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, to take the necessary measures to ensure the protection of the health of Europeans and withdraw the Commission’s current Regulation proposal to renew the licence of glyphosate and replace it with a proposal for a non-renewal. [...] One of the GBHs tested in the GSS was the representative formulation BioFlow (MON 52276) for which the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) had recently concluded there were “no critical areas of concern” - meaning that it fulfils all the safety criteria for human health and the environment to be approved. [...] However, the carcinogenicity of glyphosate is only the tip of the iceberg in relation to the health impacts of glyphosate herbicides. [...] Up until now, the European Commission has persistently refused to apply the precautionary principle, which stands at the heart of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Regulation (EU) 1107/2009. [...] In light of the GSS findings, it is your responsibility as Commissioner for Health to call for the withdrawal of the current proposal, given its alarming implications for human health and the environment.