Now Litigating Roundup Cancer Cases
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Roundup Linked to Cancer
Glyphosate, a chemical that kills weeds, is the most widely used herbicide in the U.S. According to Oregon State University’s National Pesticide Information Center, glyphosate is in over 750 products sold nationwide. While the chemical has been around for decades, people only recently realized it was making its way from farms to the dinner table.
Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, is the manufacturer of Roundup. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer agency dealt the company a crippling blow. It determined that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Roundup’s Impact on Consumers
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), traces of glyphosate have been discovered in many oat-based snack products like cereal and granola bars.
Additionally, glyphosate residue has been found in a variety of beer and wine brands. Some environmental safety groups recommend that glyphosate be banned in the U.S. until it can be proven safe. Several countries have already taken steps to either restrict or ban glyphosate.
BAYER ORDERED TO PAY MORE THAN $10 BILLION FOR LAWSUITS
Bayer will pay more than $10 billion to resolve thousands of lawsuits regarding claims that its herbicide, Roundup, causes cancer.
In 2018, Monsanto lost a lawsuit brought by a school groundskeeper who claimed its weedkiller caused his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Since then, thousands of U.S. lawsuits have been filed against the company. Bayer CEO, Werner Baumann, called the decision to settle the lawsuits the “right one” to end a long period of uncertainty.
“The decision to resolve the Roundup litigation enables us to focus fully on the critical supply of healthcare and food,” he said. “It will also return the conversation about the safety and utility of glyphosate-based herbicides to the scientific and regulatory arena and to the full body of science.”
Bayer will pay between $8.8 and $9.6 billion to settle existing lawsuits and then another $1.25 billion to cover any potential litigation in the future.