Brussels Bulletin: Denmark first to ban PFAS in food packaging

Brussels Bulletin: Denmark first to ban PFAS in food packaging

By Flora Southey

In this edition of the Brussels Bulletin, Denmark moves to ban PFAS chemicals from food packaging, a European Citizens’ Initiative calls for the introduction of a minimum price on CO₂ emissions, and Germany prohibits glyphosate.

Will Germany ban glyphosate after voting in favour of its EU license? ©sauletas/iStock

Germany could introduce national glyphosate ban

By Katy Askew

German regulators have concluded the country could legally introduce a national ban of the controversial weed killer glyphosate, despite the European Union’s decision to authorise its use for a further five years.

MEPs have voted to re-authorise the controversial pesticide glyphosate for another seven years in the EU. © iStock

MEPs give glyphosate green light – with caveats

By David Burrows

The European Parliament has voted in favour of re-authorising the use of glyphosate – the weedkiller that almost two thirds of consumers want to see banned - but have limited this approval to seven years.

 A commission source said member states focused in particular on the safety issue of co-formulants and tallowamines during the committee discussion. © iStock / Mihajlo Maricic

EU delays glyphosate decision amid cancer concerns

By Niamh Michail

The European Commission delayed making a decision on glyphosate yesterday as four member states, including the EU Presidency-holding Netherlands, said they would vote against renewing Monsanto's licence, leaving campaigners claiming a temporary victory. 

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer, says EFSA

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer, says EFSA

By Niamh Michail

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that glyphosate, a herbicide used on food crops, is unlikely to cause cancer and recommends raising safety levels.

EU rejects Séralini study linking GM maize and cancer

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a final rejection of the French study linking genetically modified (GM) maize and Roundup herbicide with increased cancer risk, saying it had serious defects and failed to meet scientific standards.


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