Glyphosate

Glyphosate is the most frequently used herbicide worldwide. Not only agricultural growers use this effective and cheap herbicide but also rail companies to control weeds on the tracks, and local authorities to keep their paths weed free.

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Many farmers routinely use herbicides to clear their fields of weeds before crops emerge in the spring. But what's more alarming is they’re also using glyphosate on crops shortly before they are harvested, in order to dry out the plants and make them easier to harvest.

Applying glyphosate so close to harvest makes the likelihood of finding residues in food even higher.

Fresh fruit & vegetables, grain products, bean, pea & lentils, soy and infant cereal etc, are all possible retainers of the herbicide glyphosate.

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Pure glyphosate is low in toxicity, but products usually contain other ingredients that help the glyphosate get into the crops/plants by ensuring the glyphosate sticks to and penetrates the plants it’s sprayed on. 

The other ingredients in the product can make the product more toxic.


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Products containing glyphosate may cause eye or skin irritation. People who breath in spray mist from products containing glyphosate felt irritation in their nose and throat. Swallowing products containing glyphosate can cause increased saliva, burns in the mouth and throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. 

MSS can offer technical expertise for this service and can assist the customer with sampling, matrices and data interpretation.