18 pasta brands in the viewfinder. A research conducted by the Swiss magazine K-tipp analyzed the presence of glyphosate, pesticide with possible carcinogenic action. Of the 18 packages, 13 were from conventional farming and 5 from organic farming. Of the first 13, as many as 10 products showed the presence of glyphosate residues, even if the quantities are not high and do not exceed the legal limits. And of these 4 are Italian brands: they are Agnesi (tagliolini), Divella (spaghetti), Garofalo (spaghetti), Lidl Combino (tagliatelle), although the latter is not distributed in Italian stores.
The pasta from organic farming, ie the 5 remaining products, did not register any trace of glyphosate or other pesticides. Among the Italian brands without glyphosate are Combino Bio (wholemeal spaghetti), which is also found in the Italian supermarkets of the Lidl chain, and Barilla (wholemeal spaghettoni and wholemeal penne). But what is glyphosate? The Italian Cancer Research Association defines it as the most widespread and used herbicide in the world, as well as among the probable carcinogens. Hold back the European Food Safety Authority, certain that glyphosate is unlikely to be carcinogenic to humansbut nevertheless it has enacted new levels of safety and other stricter controls.
On the other hand, ECHA (European Chemicals Authority) defines glyphosate as a substance that can create eye damage and toxic to aquatic organisms, but does not define it as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for humans. In the absence of sufficient evidence, Italy has banned its use in “frequented” areas by the population or by vulnerable groups “such as gardens, parks, sports fields and recreational areas, courtyards, play areas for children, green areas inside schools and health facilities.