Lawsuit claims Mt. Pleasant man developed cancer after using Roundup herbicide

Updated: Jul. 29, 2019 at 2:51 AM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) - A Mount Pleasant man is suing a company claiming that its herbicide caused him to develop cancer.

He’s one of more than 10,000 people who have taken legal action against Monsanto Company.

The 37-page lawsuit says the man developed Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma after using the herbicide, Roundup.

The product is produced by Monsanto Company which contains glyphosate.

It's used to kill weeds and grasses known to compete with commercial crops.

The lawsuit says glyphosate is defective, dangerous to human health and unfit to be sold and that each year about 250 million pounds of it is sprayed on crops, commercial nurseries, lawns, parks and golf courses.

The plaintiff says he used Roundup starting in 1980 up until this year and that he was diagnosed with cancer in 2017.

Monsanto has lost at least three lawsuits in California where a judge has awarded millions of dollars to plaintiffs who say they developed cancer after using their product.

Bayer purchased Monsanto Company about a year ago.

Bayer released the following statement in response to the lawsuit:

"We have great sympathy for any individual with cancer, but the extensive body of science on glyphosate-based herbicides over four decades supports the conclusion that Roundup does not cause NHL.

Leading health regulators around the world have repeatedly concluded that Bayer’s glyphosate-based herbicides can be used safely as directed and that glyphosate is not carcinogenic, based on an extensive body of science spanning more than 40 years, including more than 100 studies EPA considered relevant to its cancer risk analysis, and more than 800 safety studies overall submitted to regulators. Significantly, the largest and most recent epidemiology studies, which are the most relevant research for assessing exposure effects in the human population, each found that there was no association between glyphosate-based herbicides and NHL overall in real-world use when adjusted for the use of other pesticides. These studies include the 2018 National Cancer Institute-supported Agricultural Health Study, which followed over 50,000 licensed pesticide applicators for more than 20 years; the 2019 Leon Agricoh Consortium study, which included over 300,000 pesticide applicators; and the 2019 North American Pooled Project, which combined data previously reported in earlier case control studies. Additionally, EPA’s April 30, 2019, interim registration review decision reaffirmed that ‘glyphosate is not a carcinogen’ and noted that the EPA’s independent cancer assessment is ‘more robust’ and ‘more transparent’ than IARC’s review."

Bayer stands behind these products and will vigorously defend them."

We’ve also reached out to the plaintiff’s attorneys for a comment. We have not heard back at this time.

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