Monsanto is being sued again for its Roundup labeling. The latest lawsuit calls the label “misleading.” It is the second lawsuit filed against Monsanto for misleading people with its Roundup label. The first was filed in California.
Monsanto “Intentionally Mislabels”
In the latest Monsanto lawsuit petition, two nonprofit groups charge that Monsanto intentionally mislabels Roundup. They call foul on Monsanto’s claim that Roundup “target[s] an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” The lawsuit charges that Monsanto’s statement is “false, deceptive and misleading.” The enzyme targeted by glyphosate is, in fact, also found in people and pets.
Beyond Pesticides and the Organic Consumers Association filed the lawsuit in Washington, DC, court on July 14, 2017. It was filed under the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act.
Glyphosate a Probable Carcinogen
The petition states: “Monsanto aggressively markets Roundup as safe for humans and animals, despite newer studies indicating (glyphosate) may be carcinogenic. [It may] affect human and animal cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous and reproductive systems.”
The complaint further says that “consumers must and do rely on Monsanto to report honestly Roundup’s effects on humans and animals and whether the enzyme it targets is found in people and pets. No reasonable consumer seeing these representations would expect that Roundup targets a bacterial enzyme that is found in humans and animals and that affects their immune health.”
Monsanto profits from Falsehood
The plaintiffs claim Monsanto knows its Roundup representations are false, and it profits from the falsehood.
The Shikimate Pathway
The lawsuit complaint further states: “Monsanto is aware of how glyphosate works on the shikimate pathway. (Monsanto) is aware of studies showing that the shikimate pathway is present in bacteria integral to the digestive systems of people and pets. Monsanto therefore knows that glyphosate targets an enzyme present not only in plants, but also in people and pets.
“By deceiving consumers about the nature and effects of Roundup, Monsanto is able to sell a greater volume of Roundup, and to command a higher price for Roundup.”
The consumer groups seek equitable relief on behalf of the general public. They want all profits earned by Monsanto Roundup sales in DC to be deposited into a charitable fund that would be used for raising consumer awareness of Roundup’s health effects.
Glyphosate Makes California Cancer List
Glyphosate was recently added to California’s Proposition 65 list of cancer-causing agents. In another Roundup lawsuit, court documents suggest Monsanto may have ghostwritten research later attributed to academics. This research was used to cover up glyphosate’s cancer risks. The documents further suggest that a senior U.S. EPA official may have worked secretly for Monsanto to quash glyphosate reviews.
Glyphosate Contamination Everywhere
Independent studies have detected glyphosate residues in popular processed foods such as cookies, crackers, popular cold cereals, chips. Another study found trace amounts of glyphosate in cat and dog foods, including Purina, Friskies, Iams, 9 Lives, Kibbles ‘n Bits, Rachael Ray. Glyphosate has also been found to contaminate California wines, and virtually all vaccines (which are all heavily contaminated already).
Monsanto denies Cancer Link Monsanto adamantly denies that Roundup causes cancer.
Meanwhile, the executive director of Beyond Pesticides, Jay Feldman, said “Monsanto is falsely telling the public that its product cannot hurt them.”
Organic Consumers Association
Ronnie Cummins, the Organic Consumers Association’s international director, said, “For decades, Monsanto has used false labeling claims to dupe consumers into believing that they can spray Roundup on their yards and in their gardens, without risk to themselves, their children or their pets. It’s time for the courts to step in.”
Monsanto Sued for False Roundup Labeling
The case is Beyond Pesticides et al v Monsanto Co. et al.