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California Judge Denies Monsanto’s Request to Stop Labeling Weed Killer as Cancer Risk

A California judge has denied Monsanto’s request to stop labeling its weed-killing product a cancer risk. The ruling applies to a temporary judgement reached in 2015 on its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup, reports the Organic Authority.

“Under the temporary ruling Monsanto will be required to label Roundup in accordance the state’s cancer warning, best known as Prop 65, making it the first state to require the label warning on the best-selling herbicide,” the story says.

The multinational company sued the state to turn back the 2015 court ruling, saying that California had used warnings issued by the International Agency on Research on Cancer, which is based in France. It argued that the ruling should have been based on U.S. standards and research.

According to the story, the US Environmental Protection Agency considers glyphosate safe when used correctly, saying it has low toxicity. The agency does, though, place some limits on its use. Given this overall finding, Monsanto says that the Prop 65 label in California is unfair and that it hurts its name and finances.

“It will absolutely be used in ways that will harm Monsanto,” Monsanto attorney Trenton Norris told the Los Angeles Times, as reported in Organic Authority.

Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan is supposed to issue a final ruling in the near future, the story says. If that ruling is upheld, Monsanto has one year to comply and to properly label its weed-killing product in California.

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