EU Agency: Glyphosate Unlikely to Cause Cancer

November 12, 2015 02:20 PM
EU Agency: Glyphosate Unlikely to Cause Cancer

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup, is unlikely to cause cancer, according to the European Food Safety Authority.

The agency made its announcement Thursday, based on the assessment of a peer review group of agency scientists and “representatives from risk assessment bodies” in EU countries. They looked at exposure to the substance, setting for the first time an “acute reference dose” of 0.5 mg of glyphosate per kilogram of body weight.

“This has been an exhaustive process—a full assessment that has taken into account a wealth of new studies and data,” said Jose Tarazona, head of the European Food Safety Authority’s pesticides unit. "By introducing an acute reference dose, we are further tightening the way potential risks from glyphosate will be assessed in the future. Regarding carcinogenicity, it is unlikely that this substance is carcinogenic.”

The news contradicted a March 2015 announcement by the International Agency on Research on Cancer, which called glyphosate “probably carcinogenic.” It made a similar declaration about processed and red meats in October.

Monsanto, which makes Roundup, noted the European Food Safety Authority’s decision on its website.

“The reality is that regulatory authorities have reviewed all the key studies examined by IARC—and many more—and arrived at the overwhelming consensus that glyphosate poses no unreasonable risks to humans or the environment when used according to label instructions… ” Monsanto said in a statement. “Glyphosate has been a valuable tool for farmers and other users around the world for 40 years, and it will continue to serve as an important tool to help farmers sustainably nourish a growing world.”

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Spell Check

New Castle, PA
11/13/2015 11:35 AM

  Calm down. It's either use some spray or starve to death. Stop eating if your scared...

Dr. Anthony Samsel
Deerfield, NH
11/13/2015 11:23 AM

  These findings are industry biased. Monsanto's own documents confirm Glyphosate causes many types cancer. Glyphosate attacks all glands and organs causing their destruction and dysfunction. See this article where you can download the paper: Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases IV: cancer and related pathologies

Boston, MA
11/17/2015 03:33 AM

  In fact, a 1991 EPA document shows evidence of glyphosate causing cancer, but explains it away so that it can be swept under the rug. Three of the EPA officials involved refused to sign the weasel document with "do not concur" (that the evidence did not show cancer caused by glyphosate). That data from internal Monsanto research is so clear that it is impossible to ignore, and yet they ignored it. Pancreatic adenomas at six times the baseline level in a study of 180 rats. This document is available. You just have to search for it. Oddly, though, it's no longer in the EPA archives that i've found. It's evidence that the cancer correlation is likely. EFSA has been closer to Monsanto than tee WHO so it seems to be a regulatory capture.


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