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U.S. Lawmakers Seek Missing Information in Review of Monsanto Weedkiller

11:25 EDT 9 Aug 2017 | Meridian Institute

United States Representative Trey Gowdy, a Republican from the state of South Carolina, this week sent a letter to the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) asking for an explanation as to why its National Cancer Institute (NCI) failed to publish data that showed no links between glyphosate and cancer. The letter follows a June report by Reuters showing that a senior scientist from the NCI knew of fresh data from a large research project, the Agricultural Health Study, that showed no links between the chemical and cancer. The data were never published, thus the information was not available for use during the March 2015 review of glyphosate by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). IARC, in 2015, declared that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen,” a finding that put it at odds with most other international regulatory agencies. Gowdy, in his letter, said he is concerned the data were not published and is seeking a response from NCI. A spokeswoman from NIH told Reuters that the NIH would be responding to the letter. The IARC was not immediately available for comment, but has, in the past, defended its glyphosate decision as scientifically sound.

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