First trial over Roundup weed killer cancer claim underway

US courts to hear cases that weed-killer sold in UK causes cancer

US courts to hear cases that weed-killer sold in UK causes cancer

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that expert witnesses can claim in court that Monsanto's Roundup weed killer causes cancer.

Up next, Chhabria said, individual plaintiffs will need to present "enough evidence to warrant a jury trial on whether glyphosate caused the National Hockey League [cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma] they developed".

"He's a good guy, and he has an unbelievable family - knowing that he's gonna pass away because of this kills you", said Brent Wisner, Johnson's attorney. When the wind was gusty, it would cover his face, Wisner said.

Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old father of two, says he is sick because of contact with Roundup, the top-selling weed killer made by the US company.

In 2014, Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that affects white blood cells.

"The simple fact is he is going to die". Photos of Johnson presented in court showed lesions in his body.

"[There is] absolutely no connection between glyphosate and cancer", Monsanto said in a statement.

A federal judge in Sacramento in February blocked California from requiring that Roundup carry a label stating that it is known to cause cancer, saying the warning is misleading because nearly all regulators have concluded that there is no evidence glyphosate is carcinogenic.

The trial is expected to last about a month. Farmers in California have been using the weed killer on more than 200 types of crops. Homeowners use it on their lawns and gardens.

But the World Health Organization in 2015 classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans".

A flurry of lawsuits against Monsanto followed, and California added glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer.

A California man dying of cancer makes his case to a jury on Monday in a trial against agrochemical giant Monsanto that could have sweeping ramifications, news agency AFP reported.

But later, regulators in the United States and the European Union concluded it was safe. A draft report by the agency past year concluded the herbicide is not likely to be carcinogenic to people. The agency noted that scientific studies from other countries concluded the same.

The judge wanted to determine whether the science behind the claim that glyphosate can cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma had been properly tested and met other requirements to be considered valid. He was never warned that the weed killer was harmful.

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