Two congressional committees put a spotlight on the debate over the herbicide glyphosate on Monday, questioning a report that said it may cause cancer.
The International Agency for Cancer Research released a report in March 2015 saying the herbicide is “probably carcinogenic.” But the Environmental Protection Agency released a paper saying that’s unlikely in a report earlier this month. The EPA still has not released a final, definitive report. Several other health organizations have also said it is probably not carcinogenic.
On Monday, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent a letter to National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins asking about NIH’s financial support for IARC, which is part of the World Health Institute. And Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) released a letter, dated Sept. 23, to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking about the agency’s schedule for finalizing its full report, among other things.
Glyphosate is used in Monsanto’s widely used “Roundup” weed killer.