In March, the World Health Organisation classified the widely-used herbicide Glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. CHEM Trust has joined with over 45 organisations to send a letter to EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, urging him to take precautionary action on the use of glyphosate, given these ongoing discussions regarding its carcinogenic properties. … [Read more...] about Glyphosate: The WHO says it’s probably carcinogenic, but what about the EU?
CHEM Trust was among the many participants in yesterday’s European Commission conference on hormone (or endocrine) disrupting chemicals (EDCs). The Commission's Health Department (DG Santé) had organised the conference to discuss the next steps of an impact assessment on the potential socio-economic impacts of draft criteria to identify EDCs. Once finalised, these criteria will … [Read more...] about EU Conference on hormone disrupters: What did we learn?
The EU commission has claimed that there will be no lowering of food safety standards in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is currently being negotiated with the United States. However, an examination of the EU’s negotiating position shows that they are already offering changes which could lead to increased amounts of pesticide residues in food in … [Read more...] about The EU claims that TTIP won’t reduce EU food safety standards – but is this true?
The EU and US are continuing in their attempts to negotiate a new "Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership" - or TTIP for short, including measures to increase regulatory harmonisation, to reduce tariffs and to create an 'Investor State Dispute Mechanism'. As we wrote back in July 2014: … [Read more...] about US-EU Trade deal TTIP is a threat to effective regulation of chemicals and pesticides
Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are chemicals that can disrupt the functioning of the endocrine (or hormonal) systems of humans or wildlife. There are EU laws in place that can restrict their use - but they will only work if there is agreement on how to decide if a chemical is an EDC. The issue of criteria to identify EDCs is therefore vital, as it affects which … [Read more...] about EU Commission starts consultation on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)