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Chemical Industry Attacks Roundup Lawsuit Evidence

A number of giants in the chemical industry are taking aim at the IARC for what they believe are lax rules concerning their designations of carcinogens.

Monday, January 23, 2017 - The American Chemistry Council (ACC), which is one of the main organizations representing the chemical industry, has taken aim at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) for the body's determination that glyphosate is a possible carcinogen. This decision was made in March of 2015 and was the predecessor to the growing number of Monsanto Roundup lawsuits currently being filed nationwide. The IARC has thus far stood behind its determination, and in response, the ACC has created a Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research (CAPHR) to attempt to counter the IARC's actions.

The IARC's decision to classify glyphosate as a possible carcinogen in March of 2015 initially caught the eye for the state of California, which boasts a huge agricultural economy with farmers that regularly use Roundup. The state began its own investigation into Roundup, while individually filed federal Roundup lawsuits were first filed in the state. Attention steadily grew around Monsanto and its popular weedkiller as more lawsuits were filed and the IARC news spread among the agricultural community.

It is not just farmers that are claiming that their exposure to glyphosate increased their risk for cancer. Residential users of the weedkiller have also filed Monsanto Roundup lawsuits against the company. For both commercial and personal users of the product, the claims cover allegations that Monsanto's product is linked to the development of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In addition to that claim, the plaintiff also alleges that Monsanto has known that glyphosate is linked to this cancer for decades but didn't want to harm the marketability of one of their top-grossing products.

The ACC came out against the IARC ruling not just to defend Monsanto, but also the assortment of generic weed killers that are able to use glyphosate because of Monsanto's original introduction of the chemical into the agricultural world. A number of companies make weed killer products that use glyphosate, and their operations involving the product may be threatened by the fall of glyphosate.

The ACC in their attack on the IARC claims that the agency is trying to frighten the public with claims that do not match up to the scientific data behind the claims. Monsanto has also cast doubt on the Roundup lawsuits as it claims the IARC should not be used as grounds for domestic policy as the agency resides in France. California however referred to the IARC as the gold standard for cancer research and will continue to pursue the claims against Monsanto.

The Roundup lawsuits are still in the early phases of litigation at this point, though a number of the claims were recently consolidated into a multidistrict litigation. There is also a movement to allow the labeling of Monsanto Roundup products as being possible carcinogens in California that the state is vehemently pursuing. There was recently a hearing of EPA employees that heard evidence related to glyphosate. The findings from this hearing are expected to be released in the next month or two, and will likely have a sizable effect on the ongoing Monsanto Roundup lawsuit proceedings.

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