EPA Rejects Cancer Warning on Glyphosate

For years now, glyphosate has taken a public beating in the courtrooms of the U.S. as well as the court of public opinion regarding its safety. Observers wondered if anyone other than glyphosate owner Bayer would stand up for the herbicide. Now, someone has—the EPA itself.
In a letter written in August, the agency said it would no longer approve product labels claiming that glyphosate is known to cause cancer, claiming such a designation is “a false claim that does not meet the labeling requirements of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act.”
The EPA went on to say that this action is based upon its comprehensive evaluation of glyphosate.
This declaration by the EPA is reportedly a challenge to California’s Proposition 65 requirement that glyphosate be labeled with the warning it “may cause cancer,” based upon the International Agency on the Research for Cancer classification that the herbicide is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” (Although a U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California did issue a preliminary injunction stopping the state from enforcing this law back in early 2018.)
“It is irresponsible to require labels on products that are inaccurate when EPA knows the product does not pose a cancer risk,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in the letter. “We will not allow California’s flawed program to dictate federal policy. It is critical that federal regulatory agencies like EPA relay to consumers accurate, scientific-based information about risks that pesticides may pose to them.”
Source: CropLife