CropLife America Statement on IARC Review of Crop Protection Products

WASHINGTON, D.C. – CropLife America (CLA) has issued the following statement from Dr. Janet E. Collins, senior vice president of science and regulatory affairs:

“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.

“Regulatory assessment by governments of both the U.S. and the European Union (EU) confirm that 2,4-D does not present a carcinogenic risk to humans. The IARC report contradicts established scientific consensus on this product 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. Moreover, Lindane and DDT are no longer registered for use by growers in the U.S., with DDT cancelled more than 40 years ago.

“Risk assessment serves as the basis 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 the Agency’s rigorous testing procedures and only enters the market if it can be used safely.” 

Michael Leary