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Germany plans to ban Roundup weedkiller.

Byline: AUGUST GRAHAM @AugustGraham

GERMANY plans to ban the use of glyphosate by the end of 2023, it was reported yesterday in the latest blow against Bayer's controversial Roundup weedkiller.

Berlin is drawing up plans to phase out the chemical, which is the key component of Roundup, sources told Reuters.

It was developed more than 40 years ago by Monsanto, which was bought by Bayer last year. But in 2015 the World Health Organization said that glyphosate probably causes cancer.

The German chemicals giant yesterday said it disagreed with the government's plan to ban the chemical. "Such a ban would ignore the overwhelming scientific assessments of competent authorities around the world that have determined for more than 40 years that glyphosate can be used safely," Bayer said.

However the company has already set aside billions of euros to deal with thousands of lawsuits from victims claiming that the chemical gave them cancer. In May a California couple was awarded $2bn (PS1.64bn) in damages over claims that Roundup caused their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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