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Independent experts find glyphosate unlikely to pose human carcinogenic risk

A one litre bottle of Roundup weedkiller.

A one litre bottle of Roundup® weedkiller.

At Monsanto, we’re fully confident in the safety profile of our products. Our confidence is based on rigorous internal safety assessments in addition to safety assessments by regulatory authorities, independent researchers and other experts around the world. On 28 September a new peer-reviewed study reviewing the total scientific evidence of the herbicide glyphosate concluded that it is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans.

In July 2015, Monsanto retained a scientific consultant to convene an expert panel to review the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) monograph on glyphosate once it published...

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Glyphosate: Monsanto statement on European Commission extension (EN/DE/FR/NL/ES/IT/RO)

In response to today’s action by the European Commission to only temporarily extend the authorisation of glyphosate for 18 months, Dr. Philip W. Miller, Monsanto’s vice president of global regulatory and governmental affairs, released the following statement:

Today’s decision by the European Commission to temporarily extend glyphosate’s authorisation by 18 months ensures that European farmers, municipalities, gardeners and other users will continue to have access to the herbicide glyphosate while a longer-term solution to the product’s reauthorisation is found.

 European farmers, municipalities, gardeners and other users have depended on glyphosate for 40 years as a safe, efficient and cost-effective tool for weed control...

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Glyphosate in Roundup unlikely to cause cancer in people from food, says UN

Screenshot of Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues Summary Report on glyphosate. Image courtesy of WHO.

Screenshot of Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues Summary Report on glyphosate. Image courtesy of WHO.

Yesterday a joint meeting of the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) published a statement concluding that “glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure from the diet.” Glyphosate is a key ingredient in Monsanto’s popular herbicide Roundup. This news supports the wider body of scientific evidence that glyphosate does not cause cancer in humans.

The Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR), held in Geneva Switzerland from 9 to 13 May 2016, also assessed the pesticides diazinon and malathion...

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Monsanto’s Ongoing Concerns About IARC’s Glyphosate Claims

By Scott Partridge, Monsanto Vice President Global Strategy

At Monsanto, I work with many teams that research and develop products to help farmers, and ultimately, consumers, every day. These teams rely on the science to guide their decision-making, and they adhere to the rigorous regulatory processes established by governments around the world to bring our products to market. Recently, glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup agricultural herbicides, has been under attack by a French-based group called the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Its activities have raised a lot of questions, which we intend to explore further.

A 40-Year History of Safe Use

Glyphosate has been called the most important herbicide developed in the post- World War II era...

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Glyphosate: Rigorous EU process is based on science (EN/FR)

This week has served up a handful of media stories about a group of scientists sending a letter to the European Commission urging a deviation from the established science-based approach in its regulatory review of the herbicide glyphosate.  The statutory European process for reviewing and registering pesticide products is rigorous, exhaustive and based on the best available science.  The recent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conclusion has determined clearly, scientifically and repeatedly that glyphosate is “unlikely to be carcinogenic.”  Both EFSA and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) have clearly explained the rigor Glyphosate_Safetyand transparency of the review process.

The individuals who signed this letter are asking the Commission to deviate from the review process...

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The European Food Safety Authority: “Glyphosate is Unlikely to Pose Carcinogenic Hazard” (EN/DE/FR/NL/ES/RO)

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The authority’s conclusions on glyphosate align with conclusions from regulatory agencies around the world.

At Monsanto, we’re fully confident in the safety profile of our products. Our confidence is based on rigorous internal safety assessments in addition to safety assessments by regulatory authorities, independent researchers and other experts around the world. Today, the independent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced its conclusions about the active ingredient glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup brand products.

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Independent panel to conduct review of IARC monograph on glyphosate (EN/DE/FR/NL/IT/ES/RO)

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Independent panel to conduct review of IARC monograph on glyphosate

Monsanto Co. has asked Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy to convene and facilitate a panel of internationally recognized scientific experts to conduct a review of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) monograph on glyphosate, which is expected to be published in July 2015.  The publication of the full monograph follows IARC’s summary findings which were reported in The Lancet Oncology on March 20, 2015.

The panel will include independent experts ...

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IARC and glyphosate: What we know (EN/DE/FR/NL/IT/ES)

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In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which assesses hazards potentially associated with cancer, concluded that glyphosate, an active ingredient in many popular herbicides such as Roundup®, is a “probable carcinogen.” This “2A” category also includes health risks from professions such as hairdressers and fry cooks and shift workers.

The 2A classification doesn’t prove that glyphosate causes cancer, and IARC’s conclusion conflicts with the overwhelming consensus of regulatory bodies and science organisations around the world tha...

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On IARC’s opinion relating to glyphosate / Sur l’opinion de ce-jour du CIRC sur le glyphosate / Opinión de hoy de la IARC sobre glifosato / NL/DE

On March 20, 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified a number of pesticides, including glyphosate, an herbicide, as class 2 “possible” or “probable” carcinogen.

A number of other organisations and experts have already reacted to this news. You can find their public statements here:

For our part, because we are consumers ourselves, safety is a priority for every person who works at Monsanto.  We want to be clear:  All labelled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health and supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever compiled on an agricultural product...

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Here we go again… Zombie Seralini study repackages discredited research

Two years ago, the global scientific community responded en masse to thoroughly reject and discredit a two-year rat feeding study led by Prof. Eric Giles-Seralini and published by Food and Chemical Toxicology.  Public scientific and medical societies worldwide found fault in almost every aspect of Mr. Seralini’s work and its claims about the health effect of genetically modified maize and the herbicide ingredient glyphosate on rats. Just a few examples:

The feedback...

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