U.S. court blocks California cancer label on Bayer’s Roundup weedkiller

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(Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday blocked California requires that Bayer AG to the label of its glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup with a cancer warning, the surrender to the company a victory in its ongoing litigation over the product.

FILE PHOTO: Monsanto Co, Roundup, is shown for sale in Encinitas, California, UNITED states, on 26 June 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake/file Photo

In his decision, U.S. District Judge William Shubb, called the California cancer warning to be misleading and indicated that the state of the label is not backed up by the regulation of the results.

The regulators around the world have determined glyphosate to be safe, with the exception of the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm, which has determined the herbicide to be a “probable carcinogen” in 2015.

Shubb said Monday on that finding alone did not support the California of the requirement to label products containing glyphosate with the term “known to the state of California to cause cancer.”

Bayer in a statement welcomed the decision, calling the decision very important for California, agriculture and science.

The decision, which permanently bars of California requires a cancer warning on the glyphosate-based products, is separated from the whole of a dispute as to whether the Roundup, causes a type of blood cancer.

Bayer, which acquired Roundup with its $ 63 billion purchase of Monsanto in 2018, is facing lawsuits by more than 52 500 U.S. Roundup users, and the juries in the three trials had ordered the company to pay billions after you have found the product that caused the cancer. The plaintiffs allege that Bayer manipulated studies and misled the scientific community.

Bayer, who has appealed the verdict, denies the allegations and insists glyphosate does not cause cancer and is safe for people to use.

The company continues to pursue an amicable settlement of the dispute, which analysts estimate could result in a $10 billion agreement.

The office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

More than a dozen farm groups in collaboration with Bayer sued in California, in 2017, saying the warning label on a threat of massive disruption to the U.S. of the food production supply chain if farmers are no longer able to use glyphosate.

Reporting by Tina Bellon in Warwick, Rhode Island; Additional reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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