EPA postpones its glyphosate review
October 20, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday postponed its review of whether the herbicide glyphosate causes cancer, an indication that the process will not be completed until some point in 2017.
"EPA is postponing the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) meeting scheduled for October 18-21, 2016, due to recent changes in the availability of experts for the peer review panel," EPA said. "Given the importance of epidemiology in the review of glyphosate's carcinogenic potential, the agency believes that additional expertise in epidemiology will benefit the panel and allow for a more robust review of the data. As a result, the SAP meeting on glyphosate is being postponed to later in 2016."
Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, is the most widely used herbicide in the world, and challenges to its safety make farmers and others in agriculture nervous. But EPA has already published a white paper saying that glyphosate appears unlikely to cause cancer in humans.
–The Hagstrom Report