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The future of glyphosate

Herbicides using the active molecule glyphosate have been in the limelight recently. Scrutiny on glyphosate has intensified on the heels of court rulings and findings that indicate a majority of US oat cereal, oatmeal, granola and related products contain potentially problematic levels of the molecule1.

Although the EU has renewed license approval of the active substance – if for a period of five years rather than the requested 152 – analytical laboratories around the world will doubtless be increasing their screening programs and agencies and regulators placing greater emphasis on analytical results, which will underpin the direction of future glyphosate regulation.

At LGC we provide glyphosate reference materials of the highest quality, helping our customers to ensure accuracy of their analytical data and meet even the most stringent regulations.

Glyphosate is largely tested for in water, soils and plants. However, its half-life is relatively short, so testing for the presence of the glyphosate molecule alone does not always give a fair picture of the presence of the pesticide. AMPA is the most common metabolite of glyphosate, but other metabolic pathways can lead to other molecules. It is therefore important to be able to test for multiple metabolites to get a true understanding of glyphosate occurrence.

We offer not only glyphosate Reference Materials, but also a wide range of metabolites and Stable Isotope Labelled compounds, as well as several Proficiency Test samples. Explore our range and contact us for further details or with any questions.


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