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- Urine tests for glyphosate in EU turned positive: Recently, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) volunteered to take a urine test to check whether glyphosate (the controversial herbicide) is present in their bodies. 48 members from 13 different European Union countries participated in the test, and all participants tested positive for glyphosate. The test was conducted by the accredited Biocheck Laboratory in Germany. The experiment was spearheaded by the Green Party in the European Parliament, which is pushing for a ban on glyphosate within the European Union. The Greens conducted the test ahead of European Parliament’s April 13 resolution that opposed the European Union’s re-licensing of glyphosate. On average, the tested members had 1.7 micrograms/liter of glyphosate in their urine, which is 17 times higher than the European drinking water norm of 0.1 microgram/litre. This means that everyone tested was way above the limit for residues of pesticides in drinking water. Glyphosate, which the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared a possible carcinogen last March, is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s widely used weedkiller, Roundup. It is also found in herbicides manufactured by Syngenta and Dow.