The decision, issued Wednesday by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, will take effect 60 days after its signing. All herbicides containing glyphosate are forbidden from being produced in or imported into Vietnam. Products containing glyphosate still circulating in the market would be allowed to be sold or used for up to one year from the day the decision takes effect, after which they would be collected and destroyed, said Hoang Trung, head of the Plant Protection Department. It is estimated that Vietnam still has about five million liters of glyphosate in circulation. Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used ingredient in weed killers. In Vietnam, the substance is contained in products of 104 brands that have been registered since 1994. Last month, a San Francisco federal court ruled that Roundup, a glyphosate-based weed killer produced by American agrochemical giant Monsanto, could cause cancer. The finding was a unanimous jury decision, Reuters reported. Monsanto has repeatedly been accused of making products with adverse effects on human health. Vietnam has repeatedly asked that Monsanto and other U.S. firms compensate Vietnamese victims affected by Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant containing the cancer causing dioxin. The infamous defoliant Agent has poisoned millions… Read full this story
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