Glyphosate: a controversial matter

Eurofins Technologies provides a complete offer for the analysis of chemical contaminants in foods, water and soil. Contact us for more information on ELISA and Lateral Flow kits for the glyphosate control.

Glyphosate is an organophosphorous compound used as a broad-spectrum herbicide due to its capacity to interrupt the synthesis of some essential amino acids in plants like phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan.

This metabolic pathway is common in both monocotyledons and dicotyledons plants; this is the reason why glyphosate is categorized as a non-specific herbicide.

Its diffusion has grown significantly since it has been launched on the market in the seventies by Monsanto with the commercial name “RoundUp”. It is estimated that every year between 0.6 and 1.2 millions of tons are applied in 130 different countries. Its success depends also on the introduction on the market of genetically modified plants that are resistant to the herbicide. Nowadays, after the expiration of the patent in 2001, more than 750 different glyphosate-based formulations are available and they are used also for the removal of weed on roadside, motorways and railway tracks.

In the last years the compound has been the focus of an intense debate on its safety for human health. The debate has recently intensified when in 2015 IARC put glyphosate in the 2A group, being a probable carcinogens. However, shortly after the EFSA has reaffirmed that it is improbable that glyphosate is genotoxic or that represents a risk of cancer in humans.

Anyway, glyphosate has its MRL (Maximum Residue Level) and in some countries it has been banned. Therefore there is the necessity to test foods as well as soil and water in order to monitor its presence. 

Tecna offers a quantitative ELISA kit  and a qualitative Lateral Flow kit for the rapid screening of glyphosate.

With more than thirty different matrices validated between water, soil, urine and different foods those kits are the ideal solution for a simple, quick ad reliable analysis of glyphosate.

For more information don’t hesitate to contact us at the email Support.ET.trieste@eurofins.com or call the number +39 040-3755341

 

 

Giovanni Dedenaro