Human glyphosate exposure in Germany: current trend data
ESB data reveal: glyphosate in human samples has increased in the years from 2001 to 2015
In 2001, in only 10 % of the analyzed Environmental Specimen Bank (ESB) urine samples glyphosate could be quantified. This fraction increased to 40 % in 2015. The percentage of quantifiable glyphosate concentrations peaked in 2012 (approx. 60 %). ESB data mirror the increasing application of the herbicide in agriculture. Further measurements are necessary to verify the indicated reduction in human exposure after 2012. Therefore, the German ESB will keep an eye on glyphosate.
The data for glyphosate and its main metabolite AMPA are now available in the ESB data search.