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ACC Applauds House Oversight Investigation Into Possible Scientific Fraud by IARC Officials

Ryan Baldwin

WASHINGTON (August 8, 2017) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) applauds the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s (OGR) investigation into irregularities at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). OGR Chairman, Trey Gowdy, joins the growing chorus of scientists, policymakers, and organizations worldwide calling for further oversight into IARC’s methodologies and fundamental reform of IARC’s Monographs program.

“I applaud Chairman Gowdy for launching this investigation into the possible manipulation of science by the IARC Monographs program,” said Cal Dooley, ACC President and CEO. “The potential omission of critical studies from a recent monograph underscores the systematic problems that exist within the Monographs program and the impact their controversial findings have on public health. ACC has long held that this program is responsible for countless misleading headlines and inaccurate perceptions about the safety of the food we eat, the jobs we do, and the products we use in our daily lives.” 

Earlier this year, ACC called for an investigation into IARC officials after it was reported IARC Committee Chairman, Dr. Aaron Blair, suppressed data from the Agricultural Health Study. The research Blair admits, likely would have altered the cancer agency’s classification of glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic.”

“There is an urgent need to fundamentally reform IARC’s Monographs program in order to stop the public confusion and hysteria around cancer prevention,” continued Dooley. “We encourage all countries and organizations that support the Monographs program to join us in calling for an investigation into whether IARC officials knowingly withheld data that proved a lack of association between glyphosate and cancer. Other IARC Monographs should also be evaluated to determine whether similar manipulation has taken place.” 

ACC’s Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research (CAPHR), seeks reform of the IARC Monographs Program, which evaluate the carcinogenic hazard of substances and behaviors rather than the actual risk a substance poses from every day, real-world exposure. 

To learn more visit campaignforaccuracyinpublichealthresearch.com

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $486 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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