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French journalist calls glyphosate ‘most toxic product ever invented by man’

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup, is “The most toxic product ever invented by man,” French TV journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin told France24. The producer of the award winning 2008 documentary The World According to Monsanto made the assertion this week, during the same month that France’s ban on weed killers in household gardens across the country goes into effect. The ban prohibits households from stocking or using the chemical compounds due to the danger they pose to the environment. However, industrial use is still permitted. Monsanto introduced glyphosate in the herbicide Roundup in 1974. Years later, ... Read More

Scientists finds talc in dying woman’s lung tissue

Cell biologist and retired academic Ronald F. Dodson told a California jury that samples of lung tissue from a woman dying from mesothelioma contained talc, and he believed that it came from the woman’s once-daily and heavy use of Johnson’s Baby Powder. He said, based on plaintiff Teresa E. Leavitt’s sworn statement about her use of Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder, her lungs “would be the logical place where you would expect to find talc.” Dodson gave the testimony during the latest trial against Johnson & Johnson blaming its talc-containing products for causing mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of ... Read More

Roundup chemical glyphosate found in California wines

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup that was recently blamed for causing a school groundskeeper’s terminal cancer, was found in a sampling of California wines. Roundup was introduced in 1974 and has since been used liberally on crops around the world, including California. As a result, traces of the herbicide have been found in cereals, granola bars, instant oats and other breakfast products. Many wine producers in California also use the weed killer on their grapes, so the presence of glyphosate in wine is not out of the question. Microbe Infotech Lab of St. Louis, Missouri tested a ... Read More

J&J paid for studies to dispel data linking talc to cancer, respiratory disease

Nearly 50 years ago, Johnson & Johnson became aware that a growing number of talc miners were more likely to be diagnosed with lung disease and cancer, suggesting a potential safety risk to consumers who used talcum powder products. The company actively worked to counter the data, according to a Reuters investigation. Johnson & Johnson’s applied research director, in a “strictly confidential” memo addressing studies that questioned the safety of talc, wrote to managers of the company’s signature talc-containing product – Johnson’s Baby Powder – its strategic plan: “we minimize the risk of possible self-generation of scientific data which may ... Read More

Asbestos lawsuit moves forward against Ford, Cummins

A deceased man’s case against Ford Motor Co. and Cummins Inc., alleging he developed mesothelioma after being exposed to the companies’ asbestos-containing products will proceed despite an attempt by both companies to dismiss the case, according to Law360. U.S. District Judge Sara S. Vance allowed the case of Victor Michel to move forward after hearing arguments by the companies that she should dismiss it. Michel filed the lawsuit prior to his death in June 2018. His family is now representing the case. Ford and Cummins had sought to exclude all of the experts Michel’s family’s intended to use, which was ... Read More

Women’s mesothelioma cases also linked to asbestos exposure

In a recent trial, as Johnson & Johnson attempted to dismiss claims brought by one of thousands of women that its talcum powder products contain asbestos and contributed to their cancer diagnoses, the consumer health care giant reached a new low, says asbestos-ban advocate Linda Reinstein in an editorial in Rewire.News. “They called an expert witness to testify – not only that their product didn’t cause plaintiff Rosalind Henry’s mesothelioma, but that the majority of women’s mesothelioma cases were not attributable to asbestos exposure. I was shocked,” Reinstein writes. “This attempt to diminish and dismiss women’s asbestos exposure in a ... Read More

Jury told J&J knew its talc was contaminated with asbestos

The environmental health scientist who opened and ran an asbestos laboratory for the state of New York for more than 30 years beginning in the late 1970s told a California jury last week that based on studies he’d seen over the past three decades, it was “clear” that potentially millions of cancer-causing asbestos fibers were nestled in each gram of talcum powder allegedly used in Johnson & Johnson products like Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower body powder, Law360 reports. “The testing I have seen (shows) that (asbestos) was present at least as early as 1971 and up through the ... Read More

Town hall meeting to warn factory workers about benzene exposure risks

A woman whose father died after years of being exposed to the carcinogenic chemical benzene is calling a town meeting in Kokomo, Indiana, in hopes of connecting with factory workers who may have become ill to help them should they wish to take legal action. “It’s always been my goal to help the retirees, the workers that are there,” said Sherry Roe, whose father, Glenn Dukes, worked for Delco Electronics for 28 years. In 2009, he was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and died two months later. His death certificate listed AML and “history ... Read More

Monsanto tries to skirt bellwether trials in Roundup MDL

A scant six weeks before the first bellwether case goes to trial alleging Monsanto failed to warn consumers that its weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that has been linked to cancer, the company told the California federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation (MDL) that consumers’ failure to warn claims are preempted by federal insecticide law. Citing the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, attorneys for Monsanto filed a motion for summary judgement claiming that the company cannot change its labeling or the formulation of its weed killer without approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Monsanto’s attorneys further argued ... Read More

Trump EPA pick proposes new uses for cancer-causing asbestos

Former coal-industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), fielded questions from senators at his confirmation hearing this week about his position on key actions he’s taken in the past six months as acting EPA chief, actions that forward Trump’s agenda of deregulating industries that harm the environment. Wheeler became acting director of the EPA in July when Scott Pruitt resigned, but was formally nominated to the position last week. With Republicans holding a 53 to 47 majority in the Senate, it is expected he will be confirmed. “There is no more important ... Read More