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EPA Yanks Report Saying Glyphosate Is Not A Cancer Risk

The EPA says it was not ready to post a report that appeared on its website last week declaring weedkiller glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer in humans.

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the common herbicide Roundup, was declared a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s cancer research body last year.

On Friday last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accidentally posted a report that found glyphosate is “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”

But by Monday the document had been removed, and an EPA spokesperson told reporters that the agency wasn’t ready to publish those findings.

The agency is slated to release its study of the herbicide’s health risks by the end of this year.

The October 2015 report that was taken offline was marked “final.”

The document’s appearance drew sharp criticism from environmentalists pushing for tighter controls on the herbicide.

Roundup maker Monsanto cheered the report, saying it confirms the chemical’s safety.

A World Health Organization body last year declared that glyphosate likely causes cancer.

Meanwhile, a class action lawsuit filed in California alleges glyphosate found in Quaker Oats should invalidate claims that they make a “natural” product.

Read More:

  • EPA Takes Offline Report That Says Glyphosate Not Likely Carcinogenic (Reuters)
  • What Is Going On With Glyphosate? EPA’s Odd Handling Of Controversial Chemical (Huffington Post)
Chad Bouchard

Chad Bouchard is a veteran reporter and WFIU alum who has covered wild and wooly beats from Indonesia to Capitol Hill. His radio work has aired on NPR, PRI and Voice of America, and his writing has appeared in The Sunday Telegraph and Scientific American’s health magazine, Lives. He has also spent a lifetime gardening, foraging and eating weird stuff.

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