Egg Industry News and Commentary

  —  Apr 19

Additional Study Shows Safety of Glyphosate


A study conducted at the Cesare Maltoni Cancer Research Center in Italy has demonstrated that glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp® manufactured by Monsanto, is innocuous in rats at levels equivalent to those allowed in humans. Dr. Fiorella Belpoggi noted “Exposed animals had no evident differences from non-exposed animals.”


Additional results are awaited concerning multi-generational effects and long-term exposure. These studies have previously been conducted by Monsanto and by independent research laboratories for over two decades without demonstrating either mutagenicity or carcinogenicity.

The controversy over glyphosate was initiated by a widely criticized classification of glyphosate as “probably causing cancer” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC.) Scientific organizations including the European Food Safety Authority and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency together with leading environmental toxicologists at numerous U.S and E.U. universities successfully contested the classification by the IARC.

Glyphosate is now registered in more than 130 countries as an extensively used as herbicide in association with GMO corn, soybeans and cotton. The final results of the trials conducted in Italy will be available in June at which time a manuscript will be submitted for peer review.