Minister of Health
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Expert on JMPR Taskforce
Head of the Toxicological Evaluation Section 2
PMRA, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
However, Health Canada has recently favourably re-evaluated the importation, use and sale of glyphosate and entirely dismissed the credible and alarming findings of the IARC by (erroneously) arguing that a health hazard is not a health risk because a health risk is associated with the level of human exposure (i.e. Acceptable Daily Intake)
Study links: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22419778
“We tested the toxicity of 9 pesticides, comparing active principles and their formulations, on three human cell lines[...] Despite its relatively benign reputation, Roundup was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested. Most importantly, 8 formulations out of 9 were up to one thousand times more toxic than their active principles. Our results challenge the relevance of the acceptable daily intake for pesticides because this norm is calculated from the toxicity of the active principle alone. Chronic tests on pesticides may not reflect relevant environmental exposures if only one ingredient of these mixtures is tested alone.”Study Links: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3955666/
Note: A coalition of health and environmental organizations have written a letter to the WHO-FAO/JMPR complaining about flagrant conflict of interests among members of the JMPR panel. The following recent investigative article provides a good summary overview of the issue.
WHO-FAO/JMPR DECISION (16 May, 2016):