U.N. Experts Find Weed Killer Glyphosate Unlikely to Cause Cancer

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There has been a flurry of concern and activity concerning glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, following the WHO’s Lyon-based International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classification of glyphosate as a probably carcinogen. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) completed a review seven months later and concluded that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.

A new safety review by United Nations health, agriculture and food safety experts concludes that glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans” exposed to it through food. These experts are from the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO).

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Photo of Keith Edmisten, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDr. Keith EdmistenProfessor of Crop Science & Extension Cotton Specialist (919) 515-4069 keith_edmisten@ncsu.eduCrop and Soil Sciences - NC State University
Posted on May 16, 2016
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