EU delays decision on license for weedkiller glyphosate

European Union countries failed on Wednesday to vote on a license extension for the chemical glyphosate, a key ingredient in Monsanto Co.’s top-selling weedkiller, Roundup. The move again delays a decision on the widely used herbicide that critics say could cause cancer.

The European Commission said in a statement the relevant committee did not hold a vote at a meeting and that it would announce the date of the next meeting shortly.

It also failed to vote at a meeting earlier this month. The current license expires at the end of the year.

Europe has been stuck over what to do with the chemical, a key ingredient in a top product for Creve Coeur-based Monsanto, after the World Health Organization’s cancer agency concluded in March 2015 it was a substance that probably causes cancer.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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