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14 July 2018, 12:31 | Silvia Roy
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- A USA judge in San Francisco says evidence seems weak that Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but experts can still make that claim at trial.
"If you don't give someone a choice and somebody gets hurt or, God forbid, gets cancer, then I personally believe and I think you will as well that you should be responsible for the consequences of that", Wisner said.
"The scientific evidence is overwhelming that glyphosate-based products do not cause cancer", stated Monsanto attorney George Lombardi.
There was "at least a strong argument that the only reasonable conclusion one could draw right now is that we don't yet know" whether the herbicide is causing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, he said.
Johnson read the label carefully and even contacted the company after developing a rash, but was never warned it could cause cancer, Wisner said.
"Moving forward, we will continue to defend these lawsuits with robust evidence that proves there is absolutely no connection between glyphosate and cancer", Monsanto Vice President Scott Partridge said in a statement. Johnson is seeking unspecified damages against Monsanto.
St. Louis-based Monsanto developed glyphosate in the 1970s, and the weed killer is now sold in more than 160 countries. Farmers in California, the most agriculturally productive state in the USA, use it on more than 200 types of crops.
But serious doubts remain as the World Health Organization in 2015 classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans". Homeowners use it on their lawns and gardens.
While Chhabria's ruling is not binding on them, state court judges have been closely following the federal litigation and expert hearings.
A California man dying of cancer makes his case to a jury on Monday in a trial against agrochemical giant Monsanto that could have sweeping ramifications, news agency AFPreported.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says glyphosate is safe for people when used in accordance with label directions.
U.S courts decided glyphosate does most likely not cause cancer in humans last September.
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While evidence that glyphosate - the active ingredient in Roundup - can cause Hodgkin's lymphoma is "rather weak", the opinions of the three experts are not "junk science" that should be excluded from a trial, Chhabria ruled.
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