By Corporate Europe Observatory: Did EFSA lie to the press on its glyphosate assessment? Jess
Rowlands, a US expert exposed in the “Monsanto Papers” in a possible
collusion with Monsanto, intervened in EFSA’s glyphosate assessment,
providing information which comforted EFSA in its decision to discard
the conclusions of a key study showing cancer in mice exposed to
glyphosate. Following the revelation, EFSA told the press and civil
society that it had double-checked Rowlands’ information. But when
requested by CEO to prove it had actually performed these double-checks,
EFSA had nothing to show.
The 2001 Kumar study was the only one that the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) acknowledged showed “a statistically significant increased incidence of malignant lymphoma”
in mice exposed to glyphosate. Rowlands argued that these mice had
suffered from a viral infection, and EFSA used this argument, among
others, to explain why it had refused to take the study’s findings into
account, enabling it to say that glyphosate was “unlikely” to cause
cancer in humans.
In its response to questions by the press and NGOs, EFSA confirmed Mr. Rowlands’ intervention but also explained that “The
information Mr. Rowland provided at the expert consultation in
September 2015 merely served to provide additional explanations for the
inconsistent results of Kumar (2001) study, which were checked and
confirmed after the teleconference by EFSA experts“.