California can list glyphosate herbicide under Prop 65 as a carcinogen, following court win

| | March 17, 2017
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[Editor’s note: On March 15, 2017, it was announced that glyphosate was found “not carcinogenic” by a European safety agency. Read the GLP’s profile on glyphosate safety concerns here.]

A Fresno County Superior Court judge issued her final ruling [March 10, 2017] in the failed attempt by chemical giant Monsanto to stop California from listing a key ingredient in its popular herbicide, Roundup, as a carcinogen.

Judge Kristi Culver Kapetan had issued a tentative ruling on Jan. 27, denying Monsanto’s request. In her final ruling, the judge said that none of Monsanto’s objections were viable.

The multinational agrochemical company sued the state Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment last January [2016] after the agency issued a notice of intent to add glyphosate to its Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer. The company has denied any link to cancer through the use of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.

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Monsanto and its lawyers argued that the state is out of step with other regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the European Food Safety Authority, in listing glyphosate as causing cancer.

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