FIFRA science panel divided on EPA glyphosate cancer study
EPA’s conclusion that glyphosate is “not likely” to cause cancer in humans has received a mixed review from a scientific review panel.
The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) “was split,” according to the report issued today. Some panelists agreed with the EPA issue paper, prepared by the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) and released last year. Other members felt the “not likely” characterization should be replaced by “suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential.” And still other members were not comfortable with either description, preferring instead “no credible evidence of carcinogenicity” or “equivocal.”
The report, technically called the “minutes” of the Dec. 13-16 SAP meeting, follows by a day a report from the European Chemicals Agency that concluded glyphosate is not a human carcinogen.
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