UN cancer agency issues warning about five pesticides

The UN's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said Friday (20 March) that three pesticides were "probably" carcinogenic and two others, which have already been outlawed or restricted, were "possibly" so.

IARC classified the herbicide glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – and the insecticides malathion and diazinon as "probably carcinogenic" on the basis of "limited evidence" of cancer among humans.

The insecticides tetrachlorvinphos and parathion were classified as "possibly carcinogenic" in the light of "convincing evidence" from lab animals, the IARC said in a statement.

Source : euractiv.com