Jury Says Roundup Weed Killer Contributed To Man's Cancer

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Federal jurors in San Francisco found Tuesday that Roundup was a substantial factor in causing the cancer of a California man who used the weed killer to kill poison oak on his 56-acre property for 26 years.

The weedkiller Roundup was a "substantial factor" in the cancer of a U.S. man who developed a lump in his throat after decades of spraying his garden - the second major legal defeat to agrochemical giant Monsanto in a year.

The report also found it particularly concerning that glyphosate was discovered in 3 out of 4 organic alcoholic beverages tested, despite the fact that weed killer products like Roundup have always been prohibited in the making of organic beer and wine. In August, another San Francisco jury determined Roundup had caused cancer in a former groundskeeper.

"Regulatory authorities around the world consider glyphosate-based herbicides as safe when used as directed", the group has said, highlighting "800 rigorous studies" of chemical's effects. "Bayer stands behind these products and will vigorously defend them." said Bayer in its press release. The verdict eventually slashed the fine down to Dollars 78.5 Million after Bayer moved to appeal. During the second phase, Hardeman's lawyers will present evidence to show that Monsanto knew glyphosate was harmful and likely cancer-causing, yet the company ignored the dangers and even concealed them from consumers. "The company should not be liable for Mr. Hardeman's cancer". In Mr Johnson's case, the jury found Monsanto had "acted with malice or oppression" and awarded him US$289 million in damages. While the first phase focused on whether Roundup caused Hardeman's cancer, the second phase - which begins Wednesday - focuses on whether Monsanto is liable.

Monsanto, now owned by pharmaceutical company Bayer, faces more than 9,000 Roundup-related lawsuits in the United States, The Guardian reported.

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Bayer has denied its products cause cancer.

A summary of that study said "no association was apparent between glyphosate and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies overall, including National Hockey League (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma)".

Monsanto has argued that Roundup was not to blame for Hardeman's cancer, citing his age - 66 when he was diagnosed - and the complicating factor that he suffered from Hepatitis C.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined in a 2017 draft human health risk assessment that glyphosate was not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. "Absent settlement, many cases over Bayer's Roundup weedkiller could go to trial". Hardeman's team will ask that the jury have the company pay his medical bills and an undetermined amount of damages, she added. But the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer declared the herbicide a probable carcinogen in 2015.

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