EPA Won’t Add Cancer-Causing Labels to Glyphosate

A DTN report says that the Environmental Protection Agency will no longer approve product labels that claim glyphosate causes cancer. The agency issued new guidance late last week that says, “EPA will no longer approve product labels claiming that glyphosate is known to cause cancer, a false claim that does not meet the labeling requirements for the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.” EPA says California’s much-criticized Proposition 65 has led to misleading labeling requirements for products like glyphosate because it misinforms the public about the risks they face. Most of the scientific work and study of the product shows no link between glyphosate and human cancers. In May, the EPA said it continues to find no risks to human health and the herbicide is not a carcinogen. “It’s very irresponsible to require labels on products that are inaccurate when the EPA knows it’s not a cancer risk,” says EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler in a press release. “We will not allow California’s flawed program to go ahead and dictate what federal policy should be.”