Glyphosate, RoundUp Herbicide Ingredient, Caused Liver Disease in Rats
A new study published in the journal Scientific Reports has widespread implications for RoundUp herbicide. For the first time, researchers have identified a causative link between glyphosate, the main active ingredient in RoundUp, and serious health problems. Researchers at Kings College, London found that small quantities of glyphosate caused a liver disease known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
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The study is titled, “Multiomics reveal non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in rats following chronic exposure to an ultra-low dose of Roundup herbicide”. The lead investigator is Dr. Michael Antoniou, of Kings College in London. He said the findings are cause for concern and may influence regulatory action. “The findings of our study are very worrying as they demonstrate for the first time a causative link between an environmentally relevant level of Roundup consumption over the long-term and a serious disease,” said Dr. Antoniou, according to Daily Mail UK. “Our results also suggest that regulators should reconsider the safety evaluation of glyphosate-based herbicides.”
Researchers assessed the health risks of Roundup exposure using rats as a model animal in their study. Female rats were fed a very low dose of glyphosate for two years, and cutting edge methods were used to examined their livers at a molecular level. The researchers found that glyphosate was linked to cell damage, serious fatty liver disease and areas of dead tissue (necrosis). The amount of RoundUp given to rats was less than what humans are exposed to in everyday life and thousands of times lower than federal regulations.
“The concentration of glyphosate that was added to the drinking water of the rats corresponds to a concentration found in tap water for human consumption,” said Dr. Robin Mesnage, a Kings College research associate, according to Daily Mail UK. “It is also lower than the contamination of some foodstuffs.”
“The study is unique in that it is the first to show a causative link between consumption of Roundup at a real-world environmental dose and a serious disease condition,” the authors concluded. “These results demonstrate that long-term consumption of an ultra-low, environmentally relevant dose of Roundup at a glyphosate daily intake level of only 4 nanograms per kilogram of body weight per day, which is 75,000 times below EU and 437,500 below US permitted levels, results in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.”
“Regulators worldwide accept toxicity studies in rats as indicators of human health risks. Therefore, the results of this latest study may have serious consequences for human health.”
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” in 2015.
Following the IARC announcement, the California Environmental Protection Agency said it would list glyphosate as a known carcinogen under its Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
Roundup Cancer Lawsuits Grow, FDA to Test Foods for Glyphosate
Parker Waichman notes that lawsuits continue to mount against Monsanto alleging the company failed to warn consumers about the risk of cancer associated with RoundUp, widely used in the United States. A multidistrict litigation (MDL) has been established for Roundup lawsuits filed in federal court. Cases are consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. MDLs are created to make complex litigation more efficient. The Honorable Vince Chhabria will be presiding over the litigation.
For the first time last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would begin testing foods for glyphosate residues. In February 2016, an article published in Environmental Health called on regulators to take this type of action.
Food Democracy Now!, a food advocacy group, recently released the results of glyphosate food testing conducted by Anresco Laboratories, San Francisco, a lab that has conducted expert food safety testing since 1943 and is registered with the FDA. The report found that glyphosate is present in many popular foods, including Original Cheerios, Oreos, Doritos and Ritz Crackers, were tested for glyphosate, the group said. Findings ranged from 289.47 parts per billion (ppb) to 1,125.3 ppb. Testing showed that Original Cheerios contained 1,125.3 ppb of glyphosate.
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