EPA reaffirms glyphosate weed killer safe, calls IARC cancer designation an ‘outlier’ inconsistent with multiple assessments

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on [April 30] reaffirmed its finding that glyphosate, the world’s most popular herbicide, is not a cancer risk to users. “There’s no evidence that glyphosate causes cancer,” said Alexandra Dunn, an EPA assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention. “There’s no risk to public health from the application of glyphosate.”

….The agency said its scientific findings on human health risk are consistent with the reviews by several other countries and federal agencies.

Two California juries have ruled in favor of men with lymphoma and blamed the herbicide for their disease….”EPA does not comment on litigation … but our available scientific data does not support a cause-and-effect relationship between exposure to glyphosate and….Non-Hodgkin lymphoma,” Dunn said.

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In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Dunn said EPA’s review was deeper than that of the cancer research agency….”It’s the only agency globally that has connected glyphosate to cancer,” she said, calling it an outlier.

While EPA did not identify public health risks with glyphosate….[t]he agency…said glyphosate drifting could eliminate food sources for animals, such as milkweed for monarch butterflies.

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