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RISE issues statement on IARC’s glyphosate rating

March 24, 2015 -  By

Washington, D.C.-based Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE) issued a statement about the glyphosate rating by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). RISE is the national association representing the manufacturers, formulators, distributors and others involved with pesticide and fertilizer products.

Glyphosate–an active ingredient in many herbicides including Roundup from Monsanto, the original registrant–was reviewed by IARC and its conclusions were published March 20 in Lancet Oncology.

The IARC evaluation called glyphosate “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

According to RISE, IARC’s limited literature review ranks glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen,” a classification that is inconsistent with numerous multiyear, comprehensive assessments conducted by scientists from countries including the U.S. who are responsible for ensuring public health and safety.

“This rating doesn’t support other agencies’ science intensive determinations, including the EPA or other leading nations’ regulatory findings,” says RISE President Aaron Hobbs. “U.S. EPA’s regulatory system ensures every pesticide product enters the market only when its safety has been assured.”

LM Staff

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