US judge saves glyphosate: no label on the danger, because "it is not carcinogenic"

California judge rescues Monsanto Bayer herbicide because EPA doesn't think glyphosate is likely carcinogen

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Monsanto-Bayer's legal battles continue. At the center there is always the Roundup herbicide which contains glyphosate considered potentially carcinogenic. Among the hundreds of lawsuits, this time, a first pre-trial victory was obtained by Bayer which, as we know, has been the owner of Monsanto, a company that produces the herbicide, since 2018. Let's see what happened.

In recent days, we told you about glyphosate. A document drawn up by France, Holland, Sweden and Hungary stated that the herbicide is not carcinogenic, mutogenic or toxic for reproduction. 11 thousand pages, on which the European Food Safety Authority (Efsa) and the European Chemicals Agency (Echa) will now have to express their opinion. But the debate has been going on for years.

The use of glyphosate in agriculture is allowed in the EU until 15 December 2022, but many countries have no intention of abandoning it in agriculture. In 2017, France promised to ban within three years, but then decided to opt for incentives for farmers who do not use the herbicide. In 2019, the Austrian Parliament approved the ban and then regretted it. In Germany, however, Parliament is discussing the government's proposal to ban it in 2024.

In the meantime, Bayer has to deal with hundreds of farmers and others who have dragged her to court. We have talked about the maxi compensation in recent years, since Bayer bought the Roundup in 2018 for about 65 billion dollars. The last sentence dates back to May 14, 2019 with a compensation of 2,05 billion dollars to Alva and Alberta Pilliod because the link between cancer and the use of glyphosate had been proven for thirty years. In March 2019, however, Bayer had to pay 80 million to Edwin Haderman, who also suffered from cancer. As was the case with Dewayne Johson, a former park keeper who got 78,5 million on appeal.

After losing countless cases and being forced to pay 10,5 billion dollars to close 95 lawsuits against the Roundup accused of causing cancer, now comes a first victory for the multinational. San Bernardino County, California Superior Court Judge Gilbert Ochoa ruled that Monsanto was not required to place health hazard warnings on top of the herbicide package because the US Agency for environmental protection) does not consider glyphosate to be a probable carcinogen.

This is the objection that many make, and yet in the case brought by Donnetta Stephens, who suffered from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and who used the glyphosate Roundup for thirty years, the judge agreed with the multinational in the pre-trial, this means that during the trial that will begin next week, the defense will not be able to appeal the etiquette issue.

Defense that certainly did not expect this sentence and that promises an appeal. Recall that Monsanto has lost three out of three trials and its herbicide has been accused of contributing to the development of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). About 100 people say they got sick after their exposure to Roundup or other glyphosate-based herbicides manufactured by Monsanto.

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