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EPA blocks warning on glyphosate

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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Story at-a-glance -

  • Glyphosate was officially added to California’s Proposition 65 list of carcinogens in July 2017
  • Warning labels stating that glyphosate may cause cancer were supposed to be added to glyphosate-based products soon after
  • In February 2018, after a challenge from Monsanto, a federal judge temporarily banned California’s plans to add cancer warning labels on glyphosate-based products, a move the EPA has now backed up
  • The EPA stated they will “no longer approve product labels claiming glyphosate is known to cause cancer”
  • The EPA gave registrants with glyphosate products containing Prop 65 warning labels 90 days from August 7 to submit draft labeling removing the warning
  • The EPA should be erring on the side of caution to protect public health but continues to protect industry interests instead

California's Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced in 2015 that they intended to list glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, as a chemical known to cause cancer under Proposition 65, which requires consumer products with potential cancer-causing ingredients to bear warning labels.

Glyphosate was officially added to the Proposition 65 list of carcinogens in July 2017, and warning labels stating that glyphosate may cause cancer were supposed to be added to products beginning in the summer of 2018. The labels, however, were halted when Monsanto (which Bayer acquired in June 2018) challenged the California rule in court.


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