Toxics hidden in pesticide formulations: new scandal?
NGOs denounce the presence of toxic substances hidden in pesticides and question their marketing authorizations.
On the occasion of the publication of a study (1) revealing the presence of heavy metals and PAHs (2) in herbicides, our associations question the legality of the evaluation and registration of pesticides. They are not in the field of health risk analysis, but in the regulatory field. Because in order to properly assess these risks, European regulations recognize the need for an assessment of the complete composition.
Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini has just published, with Gérald Jungers, a new study (1) in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology. Scientists analyzed 14 formulations of glyphosate-free herbicides by mass spectrometry. The results of these analyzes show the frequent presence of very dangerous substances ... which are not indicated on the product label! Heavy metals and metalloids like Arsenic, Copper, Lead, Nickel.
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons were also detected in 12 of them; some are carcinogens recognized by the IARC (3) such as Benzo(a)pyrene.
The study concludes that "the full formulation is being used in the field, and not just the declared active ingredient which to date is being studied on its own for long-term toxicity. Future work on the toxicity of pesticides for regulatory assessments should include the study of complete end-use formulations. "
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