California Court Rules Roundup Can Be Classified as a Carcinogen

California Court Rules Roundup Can Be Classified as a Carcinogen

At least in California, the Monsanto herbicide product Roundup will soon be labeled as a known carcinogen, in light of a ruling in a California state court in Fresno in March. Because of the strict guidelines on carcinogenic chemicals under Proposition 65 in California, Roundup is subject to closer scrutiny in California than in other states.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, in January, 2016. The company had challenged the California Environmental Protection Agency’s notice of intent to require that the product be labeled as potentially carcinogenic. The EPA’s decision was base on a report issued in 2015 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which concluded that glyphosate, a primary component of Roundup, was a “probable carcinogen.”

The ruling appears to open the door for a number of personal injury lawsuits against Monsanto, similar to legal action filed by Cambia native Teri McCall last year, who alleged that her husband’s use of Roundup on the family farm for decades contributed to or cause a rare, aggressive and eventually fatal form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. During the course of that lawsuit, Monsanto was forced to release internal documents that suggested that the company had been “ghostwriting” papers and other research attributed to independent outside laboratories, a term actually used by a Monsanto chemist. The documents also indicated that the chemical giant had engaged in a massive public relations scheme to convince consumers that Roundup was safe.

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