Experts told BuzzFeed News that a San Francisco jury's unanimous decision Friday to award almost $290 million in damages to Dewayne Johnson sets a powerful precedent for the cases pending against Monsanto and others that have not yet been filed.
Thomson ReutersMonsanto's glyphosate-containing Roundup for sale in California.
The World Health Organization's cancer research agency classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" in 2015. They pointed out that the evidence definitively linking the glyphosate in Roundup to cancer is scant. Greenpeace urged the Australian government to start restricting the sale of Roundup - which is widely available in supermarkets and hardware stores - after a Californian court found it caused the cancer of a terminally ill man. A scary-sounding report published by an environmental group shortly after the trial found traces of the chemical in dozens of everyday foods, from cereal to granola bars.
The chemical is a major part of Monsanto's business portfolio and extends far beyond consumer weedkiller products.
"This verdict is just the first in what could be a long legal battle over Roundup, and proving causality in such cases is not easy", Richard Stevens, a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine who specializes in cancer and its causes, wrote in a recent post for The Conversation. EWG's Faber is skeptical of EPA's glyphosate limits.
Popular children items, including General Mills' Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal, Lucky Charm's, Kellogg's Cracklin' Oat Bran and Quaker's Old Fashioned Oats, all had levels exceeding EWG's safety guidelines.
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The German company, which owns controversial agricultural company Monsanto, says herbicides containing glyphosate are safe.
Now there's another popular food product that people need to be concerned about, according to a new report released by the Environmental Working Group.
"We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products". In the US, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled glyphosate a carcinogen in 1985, but reversed its position in 1991.
CHARLES: What I find most interesting is the fact that the jury did not believe or give credibility to the sort of the official institutions that are responsible for evaluating safety of a chemical. Our view is that the government standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency pose real health risks to Americans - particularly children, who are more sensitive to the effects of toxic chemicals than adults.
In April, internal emails obtained by the nonprofit US Right to Know revealed that the Food and Drug Administration has been testing food for glyphosate for two years and has found "a fair amount", but the FDA has not released its findings. "And essentially we're just throwing it at them". In the USA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled glyphosate a carcinogen in 1985, but reversed its position in 1991.
Shares in Bayer fell 4.2 percent Wednesday, extending this week's plunge to 18 percent as the company's stock trades at its lowest level in more than five years. Farmers in Arkansas and South Dakota have reportedly filed class action lawsuits in St. Louis.