EFSA's statement acknowledging chlorpyrifos harm for human health adds urgency for a full ban


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The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) acknowledged in a public statement that chlorpyrifos is harmful to human health and does not meet the criteria for renewal on the European market. A coalition of NGOs including HEAL, SumOfUs, PAN Europe, PAN Germany and Générations Futures welcomes this statement, which is a first step in order to get chlorpyrifos banned as soon as possible.

According to the European agency, “the pesticide chlorpyrifos does not meet the criteria required by legislation for the renewal of its approval in the European Union” – a statement which is valid for both forms of chlorpyrifos-ethyl and -methyl. EFSA“identified concerns about possible genotoxic effects as well as neurological effects during development, supported by epidemiological data indicating effects in children.”

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