Cornucopia’s Take: A man who was twice drenched in Roundup during the course of applying it in schoolyards, DeWayne Johnson, is suing Monsanto for his non-Hodgkin lymphoma that he alleges is due to exposure to the poisonous chemical. Charles Benbrook, an expert on glyphosate toxicity, testified last week that the studies which led to the approval of Roundup were not valid. A toxicologist also testified that Monsanto’s Roundup can cause cancer. Monsanto’s lawyers have focused on discrediting expert testimony. Cornucopia will continue to monitor this story as it unfolds.
Monsanto Accused of Fraudulent Data in Roundup Cancer Trial
Courthouse News Service
by Helen Christophi
Attorneys for a school groundskeeper suing Monsanto over his terminal lymphoma suggested to a California jury Friday that the agrichemical company submitted fraudulent cancer data to U.S. regulators so it could sell its Roundup weed killer, against court orders barring testimony on the topic.
The study to which Baum Headland Aristei Goldman attorney Brent Wisner had referred was done in the mid-1970s by Industrial Bio-Test (IBT) Laboratories. Monsanto hired the now-defunct lab to conduct toxicology studies on Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate, which are required for the approval of herbicides by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Roundup was initially approved for sale in 1974 based in part on the IBT data. But the data was later found to contain discrepancies invalidating IBT’s conclusions that glyphosate was safe.
A subsequent review by the EPA found that IBT routinely falsified data, and three of its executives were convicted of fraud, according to plaintiff DeWayne Johnson’s complaint. Read Full Article »