Monsanto-hired panel disputes WHO report on ‘carcinogenic’ herbicide

In an effort to reassure global consumers of Monsanto’s leading product, a team assembled by the agrochemical giant is challenging the World Health Organization (WHO)’s conclusion which deemed Roundup herbicide “probably carcinogenic” to humans.

In order to review the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) verdict, which was announced back in March, Monsanto has hired a 16-member panel from Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy to dispute the international body’s findings on glyphosate.

IARC's conclusions were wrong about glyphosate. 16 experts validate its safety. https://t.co/tbh59fkdDQ— Monsanto Company (@MonsantoCo) December 7, 2015

Presenting their findings at the annual meeting of the Society for Risk Assessment on Monday, the international panel of scientists said that WHO assessment was incorrect. In fact the panel claimed that they have no evidence whatsoever that glyphosate may cause cancer.

“None of the results from a very large database, using different methodologies, provides evidence of, or a potential mechanism for, human carcinogenesis,” a team of epidemiologists and toxicologists said in their report...

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