Federal judge rules California can’t label glyphosate herbicide as cancer-causing

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California cannot require companies to place warning labels on glyphosate products, a federal judge affirmed in a ruling issued Tuesday [June 12] that questions the benefits of Proposition 65, which is meant to inform the state’s residents about cancer-causing chemicals.

“Given the evidence in the record, the court questions whether California has shown that requiring a Proposition 65 warning for glyphosate directly advances the law’s stated interest in informing Californians about exposures to chemicals that cause cancer,” U.S. District Judge William Shubb in Sacramento said in his order upholding a preliminary injunction he issued in February.

The label requirement for products containing glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, was scheduled to go into effect in July, but the judge’s ruling has scotched those plans. While not a final ruling in the case, Shubb’s injunction can be seen as a strong indication of how he will ultimately rule on summary judgment.

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