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Roundup Lawsuits Cite WHO Labeling Of Glyphosate

Plaintiffs who have filed Roundup cancer lawsuits against Monsanto have brought up the World Health Organization's classification of the weed killer's main ingredient glyphosate as a "possible carcinogen."

Monday, March 6, 2017 - Roundup lawsuits filed by plaintiffs against Monsanto are noting the designation given by the World Health Organization that labeled the active ingredient in Roundup as a possible carcinogen. The Monsanto Roundup lawsuits, which find plaintiffs seeking to win damages from the agricultural giant over their involvement in failing to warn consumers of the product's carcinogenic properties, have relied on outside organizations to bolster their claims. The World Health Organization's determination that glyphosate is a possible carcinogen was made in March of 2015 and noted the evidence of those findings in both human and animal studies.

In one Roundup lawsuit filed against Monsanto, the text noting the WHO's decision reads, "The EPA completed its review of glyphosate in early 2015, but delayed releasing the assessment pending further review in light of the World Health Organization's March 24, 2015, finding that glyphosate is a 'probable carcinogen' as demonstrated by the mechanistic evidence of carcinogenicity in humans and sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in animals." This was a key piece of evidence regarding the cancer-causing effect of glyphosate, which plaintiffs claim Monsanto knew was a troublesome compound in their weedkiller products.

There are a number of additional pieces of evidence brought against Monsanto that include the EPA's history in classifying glyphosate and the medical studies done into the chemical. Plaintiffs claim that given the amount of evidence they have uncovered regarding glyphosate and its links to cancer, that the company should have been comfortable with warning consumers about the risks in using Roundup as a recreational and industrial weedkiller. Monsanto, however, does not feel the same way and feels that there was never a warning necessary for its popular weed killing product.

Monsanto has remained steadfast in their defense of the product's safety and continue to fight the claims that glyphosate is a carcinogen. However, the number of Roundup cancer lawsuits continues to grow. There have been enough claims filed nationwide that in early October the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decided to consolidate federal lawsuits filed against Monsanto into multidistrict litigation and transferred the litigation to the Northern District of California.

Monsanto Roundup cancer lawyers around the country have noted that there are likely thousands of potential plaintiffs that could file suit against Monsanto, especially given the ubiquitous use of the product. Northwood is just one of the latest Roundup users that got wind of the developing legal actions being taken against Monsanto. The MDL is expected to progress over the course of 2017, though at this time there has been no schedule for potential bellwethers announced.

The largest public move made recently concerning glyphosate occurred in California, where the state has required Roundup products to come with warning labels related to the carcinogenic nature of glyphosate. While the California ruling was made with evidence culled from the International Agency for Research for Cancer and not the WHO, it still displays the power that non-U.S. health organizations can have on domestic environmental and legal policy regarding litigation such as the Monsanto Roundup lawsuits and the allegations their claims bring to light.

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