EPA Blocks Glyphosate Warning on Labels

Regulator sides with Monsanto despite judgments against company over glyphosate cancer risk
By Michael Edwards, www.organiclifestylemagazine.com
September 16, 2019 Updated: September 16, 2019

Products containing glyphosate, like Monsanto’s RoundUp, were supposed to have warning labels on the packaging that stated potential cancer risks.

Glyphosate was added to California’s Proposition 65 list of carcinogens in July 2017.

The glyphosate cancer warnings were scheduled to be on the packaging of glyphosate products in summer of 2018 but in 2018 Monsanto challenged the law and a federal judge temporarily banned California’s plans to add cancer warning labels on glyphosate-based products.

Now the EPA has stated they will “no longer approve product labels claiming glyphosate is known to cause cancer.”

The EPA will not allow labels that indicate a link between glyphosate and cancer. Registrants selling products that contain glyphosate have 90 days from August 7th to show compliance removing the warning.

“The State of California’s much criticized Proposition 65 has led to misleading labeling requirements for products, like glyphosate, because it misinforms the public about the risks they are facing,” reads an EPA statement.

Meanwhile Costco, known for its responsible business practices, has banned glyphosate and Bayer, which purchased Monsanto in 2018, is facing around 10,000 lawsuits and losing millions of dollars in those lawsuits. In a judgment handed down in May, a jury in Alameda County, California, awarded a couple a combined $2.055 billion in damages against Monsanto.

The company says it will appeal the decision.

Michael Edwards is the founder of  Organic Lifestyle Magazine where this article was originally published.