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OEHHA to List Glyphosate

OEHHA to List Glyphosate

Agency will Move Forward After Court of Appeal Decides Whether to Grant a Stay in the Action

Author: Jack Schatz/Thursday, March 30, 2017/Categories: U.S NEWS, California Law and Regulation, CalEPA, OEHHA, Prop65

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California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced it will list glyphosate (CAS No. 1071-83-6) as a Proposition 65 carcinogen. The agency said the effective date of the listing will be determined following a decision from the Court of Appeal regarding a request for a stay in the pending case Monsanto v. OEHHA.  The listing will take effect shortly after OEHHA receives word from the Court of Appeal whether the stay will be granted.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicides, which are the top-selling pesticide products in the world.  The outcome of the appeal has huge consequences for the company which faces claims from farmers and farm workers that use of the pesticides caused them to develop Non-Hodgkins lymphoma.  The company is also in the midst of a proposed $66 Billion merger with German pharmaceutical giant, Bayer AG.

Recently unsealed documents in a multi-district class action lawsuit against the company suggest that two studies used to support Monsanto's claims that glyphosate is not carcinogenic were ghost-written by authors commissioned by the company to cover up the true carcinogenic potential of the chemical.

The unsealed documents in the multi-district litigation presided by U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria could potentially derail Monsanto's scientific arguments in its appeal.  


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