Misuse of glyphosate decreases in Lithuania
The Ministry of Agriculture is raising consumer questions about the use of glyphosate in agriculture.
Glyphosate is one of the most widely used active ingredients in plant protection products (PPP), which helps farmers fight weeds.
The deadline for the approval and use of glyphosate in the European Union has been extended to 2022. The approval procedure for active substances in the EU is very strict. Prior to the European Commission's decision to extend the authorization, the European Food Safety Authority concluded that glyphosate is not carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction. These conclusions were endorsed by the European Chemicals Agency.
There are currently 27 glyphosate-containing herbicides registered in our country. The State Plant Production Service points out that only PPE whose active substances have been approved in the EU and which have been evaluated for safe use can be registered in Lithuania. It should be noted that the plant products grown and the products derived from them are safe for consumers when using PPE under the prescribed conditions.
The Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service is investigating whether PPP residues in plant products do not exceed the maximum levels established in the EU.
The Plant Service has in recent years been particularly focused on monitoring and inspecting glyphosate use on farms, as well as responding promptly to reports from residents.
Analyzing 2017-2019: As a result of the inspections carried out by the Authority, the number of glyphosate-related infringements has decreased. 2017 was set for 12, and in 2018 there were 5 misuse cases. No irregularities have been recorded this year.
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