By Brandon Mitchener
It’s April 1, but we’re perfectly serious in wanting to extend Germany’s ARD FAKT program last night our thanks for pointing out a small mistake in our German-language statement on IARC’s recent classification of glyphosate.
We have updated our German statement here and acknowledged the mistake and thanked ARD for calling it to our attention so that we could correct it immediately.
What happened? Our English and other statements about the IARC decision to classify glyphosate as a “probable” carcinogen–a finding that we and others find mystifying–correctly referred to several substances classified by IARC as “Class 2″, meaning “possible” (2b) or “probable” (2a) carcinogens. Our German statement–and only the German statement–incorrectly referred to all of the Class 2 substances as “probable” carcinogens. We recognized the mistake this morning and corrected it immediately.
So we thank FAKT for calling this to our attention. Monsanto believes in integrity and honesty and takes pains to make sure that all of our public statements are factually correct. We welcome anyone else who calls mistakes to our attention.