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Roundup Added to California’s Cancer-Causing Chemical List

Roundup Added to California’s Cancer-Causing Chemical List

June 27, 2017 — California will become the first state in the nation to require warning labels about the risk of cancer on Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides.

Glyphosate will be added to a list of known carcinogens on July 7 under the state law Proposition 65, according to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).

Monsanto has been fighting the OEHHA designation for years. California proposed listing glyphosate as a cancer-causing chemical in September 2015. Monsanto filed a lawsuit in January 2016.

California Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan ruled against Monsanto in January 2017, and while Monsanto’s appeal is pending, OEHHA is is announcing new cancer warning-label requirements on Roundup.

Monsanto and other manufacturers of glyphosate-based herbicides will have roughly 1 year from the listing date to add warning labels or remove Roundup and similar products from stores in California.

Monsanto has faced an increasing number of legal setbacks since the World Health Organizations’s cancer-research agency re-classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen” in March 2015.

There are now dozens of lawsuits from farmers, farm-workers, and home-gardeners who were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after years of exposure to glyphosate in Roundup. Lawyers accuse Monsanto of downplaying the risk by advertising Roundup as “safer than table salt” and “practically non-toxic” throughout the 1990s.

Glyphosate is now sprayed on over 90% of crops in the United States to kill weeds, primarily on genetically-modified (GMO) crops that are engineered to survive spraying with Roundup. Glyphosate is also sometimes sprayed on non-GMO plants like wheat just before harvest.

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