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Uproar in Europe



To some, the suggestion seemed more than a little unusual: members of the European Parliament, who were deep into a debate over the risks and rewards of glyphosate in the spring of 2016, should take a close look inside themselves before voting on whether or not to ban the controversial pesticide—literally. The Green Party, whose platform backs environmentally sustainable policies, pushed the idea of a “pee test,” as the press called it, in hopes of demonstrating the pervasiveness of the chemical’s reach and underscoring the very real personal implication of the political decisions being debated. Though some dismissed the idea as a political stunt—a “pissing contest”—48 of the 751 parliament members agreed to submit their urine for scrutiny by researchers at Bio-Check, a diagnostic laboratory located in the German city of Leipzig, Saxony. They handed over their samples in April and awaited the results, though not necessarily with eagerness.


European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) International Agency For Research On Cancer (IARC) Joint FAO/WHO Meeting On Pesticide Residues (JMPR) Glyphosate Residues Polyethoxylated Tallow Amine (POEA) 
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