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. It is in over 750 products sold in the country, according to Oregon State University’s National Pesticide Information Center.
While the chemical has been around for decades, people only recently realized it was making its way from farms to the dinner table.
In 2015, the World Health Organization’s cancer agency dealt Monsanto a crippling blow. It determined that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Roundup’s Impact on Consumers
Traces of glyphosate have been discovered in many oat-based snack products that frequent grocery store shelves including cereal and granola bars, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).
Additionally, glyphosate residue has been found in a variety of beer and wine brands. Some environmental safety groups recommend that glyphosate should be banned in the U.S. until it can be proven safe. A number of cities, counties, states and countries throughout the world 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.
Monsanto, which Bayer bought in 2018, lost a lawsuit that same year brought by a school groundskeeper who claimed its weedkiller had 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 in order to end a long period of uncertainty.
“The decision to resolve the Roundup litigation enables us to focus fully on the critical supply of health care and food,” he said in statement. “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 $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion to settle existing lawsuits and then another $1.25 billion that will cover any potential litigation in the future.