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"By denying scientific principles, one may maintain any paradox." – Galileo Galilei

ACC Applauds NIH for Releasing Missing Data, Challenges IARC to Reform its Flawed Monograph Process

On November 9, the National Institute of Health finally published the missing Agricultural Health Study and its findings on glyphosate in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI). The powerful study that has been monitoring agricultural workers since 1993, found that there is no association between glyphosate and cancer and specifically no association between glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The study is highly-regarded throughout the scientific community as the most comprehensive study on glyphosate exposure in humans to date.

Earlier this year, ACC applauded House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy for launching an investigation into IARC’s Monographs Program after IARC Committee Chairman Dr. Aaron Blair admitted that this AHS data would have altered IARCs classification of glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic.”

“It is unfathomable that IARC would ignore clearly relevant and critical data when evaluating the carcinogenicity of a substance.  It demonstrates a high degree of negligence, misconduct, and misuse of American taxpayer dollars. The omission of a JNCI-published study is yet another example of deeply-rooted, systemic flaws in the IARC Monograph’s process, and adds to the mounting evidence of blatant data manipulation, transparency issues and widespread conflicts of interest,” said American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley.  “IARC’s classifications have repeatedly misinformed and misguided both the public and policymakers; they’ve lost all public trust and credibility, and a complete overhaul of the Monographs Program is overdue.”

ACC is encouraged by the House Science Committee’s recent efforts to investigate IARC’s rampant scientific integrity issues, and urges lawmakers in the U.S. and around the world to further scrutinize  the program, hold IARC leaders accountable, and demand much needed reform.