California would be the first state to order such labeling for the weed-killer, which is used by farmers and home gardeners worldwide.
Separately, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria is supervising Roundup Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2741 in San Francisco. Since the MDL was created in October, it has attracted 46 lawsuits, Case No. Case 3:16-md-02741-VC.
Herbicide found in popular foods
Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, has no color or smell. Recently, the independent food safety testing done by Food Democracy found extremely high levels of the herbicide glyphosate — the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup — in America’s most popular food products.
Monsanto introduced the chemical in 1974 as an effective way of killing weeds while leaving crops and plants intact. It’s sold in more than 160 countries, and farmers in California use it on 250 types of crops.
- The chemical is not restricted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which says it has ‘low toxicity’ and recommends people avoid entering a field for 12 hours after it has been applied.
- But the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a Lyon, France-based branch of the U.N. World Health Organization, classified the chemical as a ‘probable human carcinogen.’
Shortly afterward, California took its first step in 2015 to require the warning labels.
Attorneys for California consider the International Agency for Research on Cancer the ‘gold standard’ for identifying carcinogens, and they rely on its findings along with several states, the federal government and other countries, court papers say.