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Pesticide levels in common foods deemed acceptable by FDA

The vast majority of food samples collected for the year 2016 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of its annual Pesticide Residue Monitoring Program were below the tolerance levels for pesticide residues set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the FDA announced in a news release. “Our food safety role is a cornerstone of our vital consumer protection mission,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., in the release. “Americans depend on the FDA to ensure the safety of their families and the foods they eat. Pesticides are commonly used to control pests that may negatively affect crops ... Read More

Northern California Roundup cases sought for bellwether trials

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria is asking all California residents who filed a lawsuit in the state against Monsanto alleging its herbicide Roundup caused their cancer to notify him if their individual cases could be transferred to the Northern District of California in an effort to beef up the pool of bellwether candidates. Nearly 900 cases are pending in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Monsanto. But since Judge Chhabria is presiding over the MDL, the first cases to go to trial must be filed in the Northern District. Currently, there are only four cases to choose from. Judge Chhabria ... Read More

Monsanto, Bayer ask court to rethink $289 million Roundup verdict

Bayer AG and its newly required Monsanto asked a California court to throw out the $289 million verdict against it involving its Roundup weed killer or, at the very least, substantially reduce the damages, arguing that the evidence in the case does not support such a massive verdict, Law360 reported. In August, a jury found that Monsanto’s herbicides Roundup and Ranger Pro contributed to the terminal cancer diagnosis of a school groundskeeper, DeWayne “Lee” Johnson, and that the company did not adequately warn him of the dangers the weed killer posed. The jury awarded $39.25 million in compensatory damages and ... Read More

Iowa man sues Roundup maker over cancer diagnosis

Just 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 ... Read More

Terminally ill couple suing Monsanto asks for expedited trial ‘before they die’

Just weeks after Bayer AG announced its acquisition of Monsanto, the company was hit with a landmark $289 million verdict after a San Francisco jury found Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro caused a man’s cancer. Bayer wasn’t expecting to face its next case among the 8,700 waged against it until February. But an elderly couple who say the weed killer gave them both cancer want their day in court “before they die,” and are asking for their case to be moved to the front of the line, and for their trial to happen in December. Both husband and wife are ... Read More

NOLA councilman blames his cancer on Roundup exposure

There was rarely a time that Jefferson Parish (Louisiana) Councilman Chris Roberts wasn’t around Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. His father worked for a Monsanto supplier for more than three decades. Roberts often used the product around the house and always had a jug in his car, his garage and even his office. When he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin follicular lymphoma in April 2006 at the age of 29, his doctors were puzzled. Most people diagnosed with lymphoma are in their 60s or older, according to the American Cancer Society. Causes include exposure to cancer-causing chemicals. Roberts believes his regular exposure ... Read More

Arizona Man Claims Years of Monsanto Roundup Use Caused His Cancer

An Arizona man battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma blames Monsanto for his illness, claiming in a federal lawsuit that the agrochemical giant concealed its knowledge of cancer risks associated with glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup pesticide. Ray Harry, a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, who used to live in Iowa, filed his complaint against Monsanto in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, Iowa. He states in his lawsuit that he used Roundup on his properties for nearly a quarter of a decade, first in South Dakota from 1988 to 2006 and then in Iowa from 2011-2016, according to The Sioux City Journal. ... Read More

Vietnam Demands Monsanto Compensate Agent Orange Victims

Monsanto’s legal battles are mounting after a California jury ordered the agrochemical corporation to pay a former groundskeeper stricken with terminal cancer $289 million in damages. The government of Vietnam is now demanding that Monsanto compensate the victims of Agent Orange, an herbicide Monsanto supplied to the U.S. military for use in warfare against North Vietnam forces during the Vietnam War. The U.S. released about 12 million gallons of Monsanto’s Agent Orange from airplanes over 30,000 miles of Vietnam and parts of Laos and Cambodia. The intent was to kill the food and shelter on which the Viet Cong depended. ... Read More

Monsanto faces 8,000 Roundup cases, Bayer CEO says

The number of lawsuits accusing Monsanto’s weed killers of causing cancer has jumped from 5,200 to 8,000. Shares of Bayer, which recently acquired the agro-chemicals company, have dropped 11 percent since a California jury earlier this month ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million to a school groundskeeper who claimed the glyphosate-based Roundup and Ranger Pro caused his terminal cancer. Bayer CEO Werner Baumann told investors during a conference call that when it bought Monsanto, the company “could not foresee the scope of the current lawsuits.” He said the company intends to vigorously fight the lawsuits and plans to ask the ... Read More

Bayer shares fall after landmark Roundup lymphoma verdict

Shares of Bayer plunged following a $289 million verdict by California jury in a landmark case alleging Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro herbicides contributed to a groundskeeper’s cancer diagnosis. Bayer successfully completed an acquisition of Monsanto in June. Monday morning in Europe, Bayer shares fell 11 percent. Monsanto introduced Roundup in 1974. The active ingredient in the weed killer is glyphosate. There are now dozens of varieties of Roundup. Monsanto also makes Ranger Pro, a generic version of Roundup, which also contains glyphosate. In a first-of-its-kind case against Monsanto, plaintiff DeWayne “Lee” Johnson claimed that he regularly used Roundup and ... Read More