The US Food and Drug Administration has found residues of the weed killer glyphosate in samples of US honey.
The Administration has been under public pressure for some time to properly test samples of US food for the presence of a pesticide that has been linked to cancer.
Now according to documents obtained by the consumer advocacy group US Right to Know through a Freedom of Information Act request, FDA testing has uncovered some samples with residue levels double the legally allowed limit in the European Union.
High levels found
There is no legal ‘safe’ level for glyphosate in honey in the United States, so any amount of detectable glyphosate in honey could technically be considered illegal.
Some of the honey tested by FDA had glyphosate residues at 107 ppb (parts per billion), well over the 50ppb set as a maximum allowed in the European Union, the documents state.
Records obtained from the FDA, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Agriculture by US Right to Know detail a range of revelations about the federal government’s efforts to get a handle on rising concerns about glyphosate.