Regulatory assessment by governments of both the United States and European Union confirms that these crop protection chemicals classified by the International Agency of Cancer (IARC) do not present a carcinogenic risk to humans. The IARC report contradicts established scientific consensus on these products and reaches inaccurate conclusions based on a flawed process. This process has led IARC to label many everyday items as possible carcinogens, such as coffee or pickled vegetables.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires extensive testing on all pesticide active ingredients in order to determine their potential impacts on human health and the environment. Cancer is a chronic disease and is strongly influenced by many factors including age, lifestyle and genetics. The ability of any carcinogen to cause cancer is dependent on the dose and duration of the exposure. Regulatory agencies require these compounds to be tested for carcinogenicity, and their acute, chronic and sub-chronic effects are taken into account.
Cancer is a very serious human disease and deserves serious attention by everyone in both the public and private sectors. That approach is clearly supported by the U.S. regulatory process and those industries like the crop protection industry that produce scientific studies to provide the information regulators need to do their work.
Risk assessment serves as the basis for regulating compounds in the U.S., and CLA members actively support science-based regulation. The crop protection industry continues to work with the EPA to ensure each and every product goes through their rigorous testing procedures and only enters the market if it can be used safely.