A panel of experts from the EU’s 28 member states met behind closed doors to consider plans to extend the European licence for glyphosate – the key ingredient in best-selling weedkiller Roundup — for five to seven years.
The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, had originally recommended approving the herbicide’s use for another 10 years but watered it down amid growing uproar over the alleged dangers of its use.
“The Standing Committee on Plant Animal Food and Feed met today to discuss renewing the approval of the active substance glyphosate. At the conclusion of the meeting, no vote was taken,” the Commission said in a statement.
“The Commission took note of the positions of the different delegations of member states, upon which it will now reflect, and will announce the date of the next meeting shortly.”