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Trump Administration Says It Won't Approve Roundup Cancer-Warning Labels
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Sunday, 11 August 2019 08:13

Excerpt: "The Trump administration has told companies not to warn customers about products that contain glyphosate, a decision targeted at a California regulation that requires labels to warn consumers that the Roundup ingredient is potentially cancer-causing."

Roundup is made by Monsanto. photo: Getty Images
Roundup is made by Monsanto. (photo: Getty Images)

Trump Administration Says It Won't Approve Roundup Cancer-Warning Labels

By CBS News

11 August 19


he Trump administration has told companies not to warn customers about products that contain glyphosate, a decision targeted at a California regulation that requires labels to warn consumers that the Roundup ingredient is potentially cancer-causing.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it will no longer approve labels warning glyphosate is known to cause cancer. The chemical, marketed as a weed killer by Monsanto under the brand Roundup, is currently the focus of lawsuits from thousands of consumers alleging it caused their cancers.

Such labels are "irresponsible," EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement. He cited the EPA's conclusions that the chemical doesn't represent a cancer risk. 

The decision from the EPA highlights the growing debate over the safety of glyphosate, with scientific research often reaching contradictory conclusions. The World Health Organization's cancer agency has said that the chemical is "possibly carcinogenic to humans," yet on the other side of the debate are studies that refute reports of glyphosate's risks, such as a long-term study of agricultural workers that didn't find a link between Roundup and cancer. 

Since Bayer bought Roundup maker Monsanto in June 2018, the company has lost lost three high-profile court cases that alleged the chemical caused cancer.

"It is critical that federal regulatory agencies like EPA relay to consumers accurate, scientific based information about risks that pesticides may pose to them," Wheeler said in the statement. "EPA's notification to glyphosate registrants is an important step to ensuring the information shared with the public on a federal pesticide label is correct and not misleading."

California's law

California requires warning labels on glyphosate products because the International Agency for Research on Cancer has said it is "probably carcinogenic."

Monsanto has sued to block California's warning label requirements. A federal judge blocked California from enforcing the labels while the lawsuit continues.

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+1 # chapdrum 2019-08-11 10:35
"Probably carcinogenic" is problematic. Not "definitely." Not "proven." Just "probably."
0 # Texas Aggie 2019-08-12 10:11
Most potential carcinogens come under that rubric. Part of science is that 100% proof is difficult to get.
+4 # Texas Aggie 2019-08-12 10:15
And there is no reason that anyone should have to prove that they got cancer from exposure to Round Up. The onus should be on Monsanto in the first place to prove that it does no harm before they even released it. In the EU instead of allowing any chemical to be approved and then finding out whether or not it kills people, corporations are required to prove beforehand that their products are not dangerous.
+4 # Street Level 2019-08-11 10:56
Wow, wtf! Corporate rights over State's rights upheld by the federal court. Voter's passed Prop 65 years ago. Even though it's final draft was confusing and watered down it still stands as a warning to California consumers.
The Corporate State of America rule our divided states.
-1 # tedrey 2019-08-11 11:52
All the previous claimed carcinogenic cases seem to have been in California. The studies here relied on were performed in Iowa and North Carolina. Have all variables been taken into account? How many opposing studies have been done? What is the meta data?
+8 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-08-11 13:08
+10 # ChrisCurrie 2019-08-11 13:29
This is further evidence the under the Trump Administration, the EPA has become THOROUGHLY corrupted! The purpose of the EPA was SUPPOSED to be to protect American lives, but it has morphed into an agency devoted to protecting corporations at all costs.
+2 # chapdrum 2019-08-11 22:13
Yet another Republican "Mission Accomplished."
+1 # dotlady 2019-08-11 19:02
Our health is not of concern to the US government, only corporate profits that will pad their campaign chests. Monsanto will say anything to keep the profits rolling in for its poisonous chemicals and poisoned seeds. Like Exxon, tobacco industry, etc.