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CONGRESS PRESSES NIH OVER INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR RESEARCH ON CANCER

  

Feb 3, 2017

    

CHICK-CITE has invariably condemned releases by the International Agency for Research and Cancer (IARC) a semiautonomous agency of the World Health Organization relating to the classification of allegedly cancer-causing compounds. 

The Agency has been criticized by environmental scientists and toxicologists for concluding and deprecating chemicals as “probably carcinogenic”. 

The organization classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen and subsequently withdrew the finding following extensive protests and presentation of scientific data from reputable institutions.

  

Jason Chaffetz

In September of 2016, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) addressed a letter to the Director of the National Institute of Health Dr. Francis Coloins questioning the financial support of IARC from the NIH annual budget. It has now come to light that IARC instructed members of Working-Group not to release documents as requested by the House Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Chaffetz has requested an opinion from the National Archives and Records Administration on the legal status of information sent between a foreign body and a U.S. Government Agency.  The House Committee is now requesting all relevant communications between IARC employees and U.S. agencies.

Critics of the IARC note that the organization has generated unnecessary health concerns over classifications and is too liberal with the designation “probable carcinogen”.  It is a matter of fact that the agency does not have a classification recognizing a compound as non-carcinogenic.  The decision by IARC to classify glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic” delayed re-registration of the compound which is the key ingredient of many herbicides including Round-Up™ manufactured by the Monsanto Company and which is approved in the U.S., the EU, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand.