CropLife criticizes IARC for calling 5 chemicals carcinogenic

CropLife criticizes IARC for calling 5 chemicals carcinogenic

CropLife America, which represents American pesticide manufacturers, has raised questions about the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s ((IARC’s) latest report that pointed to the cancer-causing potential of five chemicals.

IARC reviewed pentachlorophenol (PCP), 2, 4, 6-trichlorophenol (TCP), aldrin, dieldrin and 3, 3’, 4, 4’-tetrachloroazobenzene (TCAB), and warned that these chemicals can cause the deadly disease of cancer. The first four chemicals are pesticides that are no longer registered by EPA.

In the newly published report, dieldrin, aldrin and TCAB were categorized as “probably carcinogenic” to humans, while pentachlorophenol and TCP were categorized as “carcinogenic” “possibly carcinogenic” to humans, respectively.

CropLife promptly criticized the report, arguing that IARC failed to put its findings about the chemicals in the proper perspective.

Janet Collins, senior vice president of science & regulatory affairs for the group, said, “When communicating with the general public about any potential health concerns in its environment, it is important that organizations characterize hazard with perspective regarding actual exposure and real human health risk, which IARC's communication in Lancet fails to do.”

CropLife has particularly been outspoken in criticizing IARC since March last year, when the agency warned that glyphosate, an active ingredient in Roundup, is carcinogen to humans.

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