California will be listing a key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer as cancer-causing
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California ‘s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7.
The news has been hailed a significant victory for consumer safety and will be a devastating blow to Monsanto who sued California to try and stop the listing.
Natural News reports:
Glyphosate weed killer, also sold under the Roundup brand name by Monsanto, is identified by California under CAS #107-83-6, which lists “cancer” as a known endpoint, and invokes “LC” (Labor Code) as the justification for the categorization.
“The listing is the latest legal setback for the seeds and chemicals company, which has faced increasing litigation over glyphosate since the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said that it is “probably carcinogenic” in a controversial ruling in 2015,” reports Reuters, which has a pro-GMO bias. “Dicamba, a weed killer designed for use with Monsanto’s next generation of biotech crops, is under scrutiny in Arkansas after the state’s plant board voted last week to ban the chemical,” Reuters added.
Beginning July 7th, retailers in California must add cancer warning labels to glyphosate products. Unfortunately, cancer warnings will not be required on foods sprayed with glyphosate or grocery products saturated with the cancer-causing herbicide. Many non-GMO crops such as wheat and barley are currently sprayed with glyphosate to speed their drying in the fields before harvest. This means that glyphosate contamination is now commonly found even on crops that are not genetically engineered, and it’s now a common contaminant in non-organic wheat products such as cereals, breads and muffins.
Monsanto sued California to try to stop the listing, but failed
Monsanto has already sued the OEHHA in an effort to block the Prop 65 listing, and a court appeal is currently pending (case number F075362 in the Fifth District Court of Appeal). California’s OEHHA website states:
Monsanto’s challenge was unsuccessful in the trial court. Although the case has been appealed, no stay of the listing has been granted. Therefore, glyphosate is being added to the Proposition 65 list on July 7, 2017.
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