Health officials are urging consumers to avoid using pesticides, especially when it comes to crops such as sugarcane and melons.
Industry and government agencies are warning against using the herbicide Roundup, which has been linked to birth defects and cancer.
In an advisory on Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said consumers should consider whether using pesticides is a good idea.
“The use of glyphosate-based herbicides has been associated with adverse health effects, including cancer and birth defects, and the use of such herbicides in the food supply should be discouraged,” the advisory said.
It also said that children under 5 are at high risk for cancer and other health problems from exposure to the herbicides.
The advisory also urged consumers to get tested for glyphosate-related diseases.
In a statement to Reuters, Monsanto, which is owned by DuPont, said the advisory is “not new information” and that the company is “continuing to review its glyphosate usage policy to determine whether or not additional policies are needed.”
The company said it has also reviewed its glyphosate use policy.
A spokeswoman for the USDA’s Office of Pesticides Enforcement, which handles enforcement of pesticide laws, said it does not comment on ongoing or pending litigation.
The EPA issued an advisory in September saying glyphosate should be avoided as a pesticide because of the “toxicological and reproductive effects.”
The advisory warned against the use for any reason.