Unpublished data known to at least one member of the review panel could’ve changed the World Health Organization’s official stance on whether or not glyphosate causes cancer.
That’s according to court documents reviewed by Reuters. One of the members of the review panel knew the research existed, knew that it found no evidence of a link between glyphosate and cancer and that it would have made it less likely for glyphosate to have been characterized as “probably carcinogenic.”
But the agency doesn’t consider unpublished research.
Monsanto is currently facing a lawsuit where the 184 plaintiffs cite the WHO ruling and claim exposure to RoundUp gave them cancer. The company told Reuters that the data could have been published in time to be considered, and that its lack of inclusion undermines the organizations classification.
The U.S. National Cancer Institute told Reuters that the data weren’t published because of “space constraints.”