Glyphosate ‘not likely to cause cancer to humans
EPA report, visit http://bit.ly/2cYP05Y
The Environmental Protection Agency apparently has decided glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and a number of generic “look-a-like” herbicides is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans, according to reports. After months of what amounted to administrative hemming and hawing, the agency released a 227-page paper outlining its proposed position on the widely-used herbicide. Besides being applied on a majority of U.S. crop acres, the herbicide is used by millions of homeowners. The report was published on the regulations.gov website Friday (Sept. 16). It and more than 80 other documents are expected to be the focus of a Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel or SAP review that is scheduled to be conducted from Oct. 18-21. “The available data at this time do not support a carcinogenic process for glyphosate,” the EPA paper said. “Based on all of the available data, the weight-of-evidence clearly do not support the descriptors ‘carcinogenic to humans’ and ‘likely to be carcinogenic to humans’ at this time.” EPA issued an 87-page report that was marked “Final Cancer Assessment Document” on the its website in early May of this year but later removed the document, saying it has been published inadvertently and the agency had not completed its review of the product.