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Iowa man sues Roundup maker over cancer diagnosis

Roundup glyphosate Monsanto 375x121 Iowa man sues Roundup maker over cancer diagnosisJust days after a California jury awarded a man $289 million after finding Monsanto’s Roundup caused his terminal cancer, an Iowa man filed a similar case against the herbicide manufacturer.

Ray D. Harry,64, filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, Iowa. He says he used Roundup for more than two decades on two different Iowa properties from 1988 to 2006 and 2011 to 2016. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in September 2017.

“Monsanto assured the public that Roundup was harmless,” his suit claims. “In order to prove this, Monsanto has championed falsified data and has attacked legitimate studies that revealed Roundup’s dangers.”

The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. Monsanto introduced the first glyphosate-based weed killer, Roundup, in 1974. The company claimed that the breakthrough ingredient was powerful enough to kill most weeds but safe enough not to harm people or the environment. “Of course, history has shown that not to be true,” Harry’s lawsuit states.

In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, listed glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” and found there was evidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma from human exposure to the ingredient. Those at greatest risk are people who work regularly around the product, including landscapers and groundskeepers as well as those who work in garden centers or nurseries.

Last month, a San Francisco Superior Court jury found that school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson’s non-Hodgkin lymphoma was likely caused by his regular exposure to glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro, and ordered the company to pay him $289 million in damages.

Bayer AG acquired Monsanto earlier this summer.

Source: N’West Iowa