The British safely to use herbicides, Monsanto insists after £226m height cancer lawsuit loss

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    The manufacturer of the herbicide roundup insists that British consumers are not safe to use the product after the US jury supported the demands of the gardener of pesticides contributed to his terminal cancer.
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The manufacturer of the herbicide roundup insists that British consumers are not safe to use the product after the US jury supported the demands of the gardener of pesticides contributed to his terminal cancer.

Now Johnson was awarded $ 289 million (£226 million), the state, the jury in the United States, which found producer Monsanto failed to adequately warn about the possible risks of using roundup, which contains the most widely used in the world of the herbicide glyphosate.

Lawyers the gardener said he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014, have used roundup and similar products of Monsanto Ranger Pro, in large quantities while working for the school administration.

Vice-President of “Monsanto” Scott partridge said that hundreds of studies have shown that the herbicide does not cause cancer and stated that the company will appeal the verdict to “vigorously defend this product”.

He told the press Association: “roundup was safe for four decades and will continue to be safe. There is no reliable scientific evidence that demonstrates otherwise.

“It is absolutely safe and the public should not be concerned about this sentence, it is one that we will work through the judicial process, to see if we can get the right result. Science is crystal clear”.

The Deputy leader of the labour party Tom Watson said on Twitter that the verdict is “of great importance for the food chain”.

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Roundup is one of the most popular brands of products, while glyphosate herbicides are the most widely used herbicide in agriculture in the UK.

According to environmentalists, herbicides linked to cancer, although to say it denies producers and the EU approved the chemical for use.

In 2016, a joint report by the world health organization (who) and the UN said that although “some evidence of a positive relationship between glyphosate exposure and risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma” in some studies, only large studies of high quality found “no evidence of Association at any level of exposure”.

He came to the conclusion that glyphosate is “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans from exposure through the diet.”

It came after France, the international Agency for research on cancer, which is part of the who, said in 2015 that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen”.

Absolutely safe and the public should not be concerned about this sentence
Scott Partridge

In 2017 the European Union has extended a license for the use of glyphosate in the next five years.

The court heard that Mr Johnson used herbicides in large quantities during operation in the San Francisco school district.

When using the product in windy weather it will come into contact with his face, while in one case he was left soaked in herbicides when the hose broke.

On Friday, a jury in San Francisco found that roundup is “a significant factor” in the illness of Mr. Johnson and the company must provide a warning label about the potential harm to health.

The jury also found that the potential risks of the product were known in the scientific community and “Monsanto” could not “adequately warn” of the danger.

In addition, the jury found Monsanto officials acted with “malice and oppression”, which sold the product, despite its risks, you know.

Mr. partridge said that more than 800 scientific studies, and comments and findings by regulatory bodies in the US and around the world “confirm the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer.”

Mr. partridge said of the verdict: “the jury has decided, but the decision that the jury or the judge makes should be based on the totality of evidence and the overwhelming mass of evidence that went to court that science shows glyphosate is safe, there is no reliable evidence to the contrary.

“I understand that we all have sympathy for Mr. Johnson, of course, the jury had sympathy for Mr. Johnson, but it should not change the way judicial decisions are not taken. They should be made on the totality of the evidence.”

According to 2017, the study of state data “Oxford Economics”, 5.4 million hectares of land across the UK were treated with glyphosate.

The chemical is used to prepare fields for planting and to facilitate harvest.

Farmers warn that a ban of the chemical can reduce yields by more than 10%, costing the economy hundreds of millions of pounds.

A government spokesman said: “the Government’s priority is to protect people and the environment. Decisions on pesticide application should be based on thorough scientific risk assessments.

“Once outside the EU, we will continue to make decisions on pesticides based on the best available science.”

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