Santa Clara, CA: Legal investigations have been initiated into a growing number of claims against Monsanto, a multinational agrochemical manufacturer, alleging one of the components in its herbicide product Roundup causes cancer.
Reports indicate that several consumers have developed cancer as a result of coming into contact with Roundup, and two legal cases have already been filed in federal court in East St. Louis. Some individuals diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Leukemia are filing claims against the agricultural giant, which has resulted in Monsanto facing Roundup consumer fraud class action lawsuits and Roundup false advertising lawsuits.
The ingredient at issue is Glyphosate. It is the active ingredient in Roundup and was declared by the World Health Organization in early 2016 as a probable carcinogen affecting humans.
While Monsanto maintains that glyphosate is safe, in 2008 the International Journal of Cancer published a Swedish study that concluded exposure to glyphosate doubled the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma within less than 10 years. This is just one of several studies showing a link between glyphosate and an increased risk for cancer.
Monsanto has faced similar claims in the past concerning chemicals used in its products such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that were produced in the 1970s. The World Health Organization also declared PCB a carcinogen, causing Monsanto to face more than 700 lawsuits against it claiming that PCB caused the plaintiffs to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
In April 2015, a Roundup class action lawsuit was filed in California, accusing Monsanto of false advertising for claiming that Roundup is harmless to human health because “glyphosate targets an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” (Case No: BC78 942).
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined that laboratories hired by Monsanto to conduct Roundup studies committed fraud. Monsanto hired Craven Laboratories in 1991 to perform studies for Roundup. Later that year, the owner of Craven Laboratories and three of its employees were indicted for fraudulent laboratory practices. Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories (IBT) was hired by Monsanto to study Roundup’s toxicity levels in the early 1970s. The EPA audited the data from IBT and found “routine falsification of data” and convicted IBT executives of fraud.