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Sad News: USDA Dumps Plans to Test Foods for Glyphosate Herbicide

by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has quietly scrapped plans to start testing food for glyphosate, the primary component of the Monsanto-made herbicide RoundUp.

The agency announced last year that it would begin testing food for glyphosate beginning in April 2017. In late 2016, data released by the USDA showed varying levels of pesticides, fungicides, and weed-killers in 85% of foods it sampled through its Pesticide Data Program. One sample of strawberries tested positive for 20 different pesticides. [1] [2]

The USDA spent the last year coordinating with the EPA and the FDA in preparation to start testing corn syrup samples for glyphosate residues on April 1, according to internal documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

Those documents show that since January 26 of this year, the glyphosate testing plan was still progressing. But when asked about the program, a USDA spokesperson said no glyphosate residue testing would be conducted this year. [3]

Read: True Pesticide Residue Levels on Food Unknown Due to Lack of Testing

The USDA’s partnership with the EPA on glyphosate testing is notable because an EPA official was recently accused of helping Monsanto “kill” a study linking the chemical to cancer. [4]

The plan called for the USDA to collect and test 315 samples of corn syrup from various locations in the U.S. from April through August. The products were also supposed to be tested for the AMPA metabolite. AMPA (aminomethylphosphonic acid) is created as glyphosate breaks down. The residue comes saddled with its own safety concerns.

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