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European Agency Disputes Roundup Cancer Link

European Agency Disputes Roundup Cancer Link

November 12, 2015 — Monsanto is welcoming conclusions by a European agency that says Roundup probably doesn’t cause cancer.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) advises policymakers in the European Union (EU). Their conclusions could support re-approval of glyphosate for next year.

The EFSA proposed limiting glyphosate consumption in food to 0.5-mg of Roundup per kilogram (kg) of body weight. The group insisted that a 175-lb person could safely eat 40-mg of Roundup a day for their lifetime.

Jose Tarazona, head of the EFSA’s Pesticides Unit, said in a press release: “This has been an exhaustive process — a full assessment that has taken into account a wealth of new studies and data.”

Critics say the assessment was based on studies funded by Roundup manufacturers. It included six animal studies that were not evaluated by the World Health Organization (WHO) because they were unpublished.

In March, the WHO called Roundup a “probable human carcinogen.” Conclusions were based on studies in the United States, Canada, and Sweden that found higher rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma among agricultural workers exposed to Roundup.

On November 9, Monsanto filed a motion to dismiss several lawsuits from people who were diagnosed with cancer. Plaintiffs include Enrique Rubio, a vegetable picker who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and Yolanda Mendoza, who has non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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