glyphosate is listed under Proposition 65 as known to the state (of California) to cause cancer
The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment announced in March 2017 that it will add glyphosate to its Proposition 65 list of carcinogenic chemicals with a delayed effective date due to the pending case Monsanto v OEHHA. Monsanto’s challenge was unsuccessful in the trial court. Although the case has been appealed, no stay of the listing has been granted. Therefore, glyphosate is being added to the Proposition 65 list on July 7, 2017.
Glyphosate is listed under Proposition 65 effective July 7, 2017 as known to the state to cause cancer.
Determining what effect this inclusion will have on the sale of foods with glyphosate in them is unclear. Maybe a warning on the package (12 months from now)?
What requirements does Proposition 65 place on companies doing business in California?
Businesses are required to provide a “clear and reasonable” warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing anyone to a listed chemical, unless the business can show that the anticipated exposure level will not pose a significant risk of cancer or is significantly below levels observed to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
This warning can be given in several ways, such as by labeling a consumer product, posting signs at the workplace, distributing notices at a rental housing complex, or publishing notices in a newspaper. The requirement to provide warnings takes effect one year after a chemical is added to the list.
Safe harbor levels, which include No Significant Risk Levels (NSRLs) for cancer-causing chemicals and Maximum Allowable Dose Levels (MADLs) for chemicals causing reproductive toxicity, have been established for many of the chemicals listed under Proposition 65, but apparently not glyphosate.
Hopefully California’s actions will stop farmers from applying glyphosate to our food prior to harvest.
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