According to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California’s list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7.
Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation, calling the decision “unwarranted on the basis of science and the law.”
This listing is the latest legal setback for the seeds and chemicals company, which has faced increasing litigation over glyphosate since the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said that it probably is a carcinogenic in a ruling in 2015.
A weed killer, Dicamba, that is designated for use with Monsanto’s next generation of biotech crops, is now under scrutiny in Arkansas after the state’s plant board voted last week to ban the chemical.
According to OEHHA, the designation of glyphosate under Proposition 65 will proceed following an unsuccessful attempt by Monsanto to block the listing in trial court and after requests for stay were denied by a state appellate court and the California’s Supreme Court.
Monsanto’s appeal of the trial court’s ruling is pending.
Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice president of global strategy stated that the company will continue to aggressively challenge what he believes to be an “improper decision”.
Listing glyphosate as a known carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65 would require companies selling the chemical in the state to add warning labels to packaging. Warnings would also be required if glyphosate is being sprayed at unsafe levels.
Source : realfarmacy