Nessa Childers, MEP for Dublin, welcomed this week’s decision to establish a special committee to probe the EU’s decision-making process on pesticide approval, in the wake of the “Monsanto Papers” revelations.
Speaking from Strasbourg after the plenary votes, Ms. Childers, a member of Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, said:
“The revelations of Monsanto’s maneuvering to influence the scientific assessment of glyphosate and ensure the renewal of its EU authorisation raise serious questions about our ability to safeguard human health and to objectively assess the safety of chemical products.
“This probe will enable us to examine not only how the European Food Safety Agency and the European Chemicals Agency have discharged their responsibilities to assess the safety of glyphosates but also how pesticides are allowed into the EU markets in general.
“This is crucial for the environment and our citizens’ health. It is no less important in terms of public trust in our institutions and in the evidence they seek to inform the decisions they make on our behalf.”