FDA to test for weed-killer pesticide

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be looking to crack down on a weed killer ingredient that is linked to cancer.

The FDA will begin testing for residues of glyphosate in milk, corn, eggs and soybeans, according to a report by the blog Civil Eats. Glyphosate is a popular pesticide that critics say is commonly sprayed on genetically engineered crops.

The World Health Organization (WHO) last year linked glyphosate to cancer.

“The FDA move is a good first step, but the testing must be thorough and widespread,” Gary Ruskin, co-director of the consumer protection group U.S. Right to Know, said in a statement. 

The FDA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Glyphosate is used in Roundup weed killer products, according to the report.