Toxic pesticides, GMOs and other contaminants have been linked to increased skin cancer rates, and a new lawsuit says the manufacturers have been “unfairly” harmed by the chemicals and other toxins.
“We’ve seen the food industry respond to the scientific findings about their products with false advertising, fraudulent claims and misleading advertising,” said Dr. Mark Geiger, director of the Skin Cancer Institute at Emory University.
The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta alleges that the makers of Monsanto Co.’s Roundup herbicide, Dow AgroSciences PLC, and Syngenta AG, which makes Monsanto’s glyphosate, were unfairly harmed by a study that found that Roundup increased the risk of skin cancer in women who had received the herbicide.
More: Monsanto is being sued for deceptive marketing of Roundup herbicides as well as Monsanto’s alleged “false advertising” of the herbicides.
The lawsuit also accuses the companies of misrepresenting how the herbicidal spray would work in the body, which is a potential health risk.
The plaintiffs’ lawsuit also cites a study from a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine that found glyphosate, a common pesticide, caused tumors in laboratory mice, including breast cancer, lung cancer and colon cancer.
In a statement, Monsanto said that the company “strongly disagrees with the allegations in this lawsuit and looks forward to vigorously defending this matter in court.”
A spokesperson for Dow Agribusiness, which owns Syngentas, said the company is “committed to a comprehensive, science-based approach to research, development and testing” and is “not aware of any evidence to support these claims.”
Dow also said the companies are “cooperating with the investigation.”
The lawsuit claims the defendants “were knowingly, willfully and intentionally misled consumers by failing to disclose to consumers that the products they were selling contained highly toxic herbicides.”
It also alleges that “many of the products were not tested for toxic effects,” which the plaintiffs say has created a false perception that the product has cancer-fighting properties.
Monsanto’s Roundup is used to spray on soybeans and cotton fields.
A lawsuit filed in 2016 by Monsanto and other chemical manufacturers also claimed that the chemicals were unsafe for children, prompting an investigation that concluded there were no long-term health effects linked to Roundup and other herbicides on humans.
The suit seeks unspecified damages.
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