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Monsanto, EPA Seek to Keep Talks About Glyphosate Cancer Review a Secret
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of Huffington Post

Huffington Post, January 18, 2017
Posted: February 6th, 2017

Monsanto Co. and officials within the Environmental Protection Agency are fighting legal efforts aimed at exploring Monsantos influence over regulatory assessments of the key chemical in the companys Roundup herbicide, new federal court filings show. The revelations are contained in a series of filings made ... as part of litigation brought by more than 50 people suing Monsanto. The plaintiffs claim they or their loved ones developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) after exposure to Roundup herbicide, and that Monsanto has spent decades covering up cancer risks linked to the chemical. Lawyers for the plaintiffs want the court to lift a seal on documents that detail Monsantos interactions with former top EPA brass Jess Rowland regarding the EPAs safety assessment of glyphosate, which is the key ingredient in Roundup. They also want to depose Rowland. But Monsanto and the EPA object to the requests. The World Health Organizations International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) declared in March 2015 that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen, with a positive association found between glyphosate and NHL. Monsanto has been fighting to refute that classification. Rowland has been key in Monsantos efforts to rebut the IARC finding. He chaired the EPAs Cancer Assessment Review Committee (CARC) that issued an internal report in October 2015 contracting IARCs findings. That 87-page report, signed by Rowland, determined that glyphosate was not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.

Note: The negative health impacts of Monsanto's Roundup are well known. More lawsuits are building over Monsanto's lies to regulators and the public about the safety of glyphosate. Yet the EPA used industry studies while ignoring independent studies to declare Roundup safe. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on food system corruption and health.

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