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Roundup: Monsanto sentenced to fines pay US$2.25 billion

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Roundup on the shelves of a store in Belgium in November 2017. The herbicide Roundup was put on the market in the 1970s by Monsanto, which has belonged to the multinational Bayer since 2018.

Agence France-Presse

The Monsanto group, a subsidiary of the German giant Bayer, was ordered Friday by a Philadelphia court jury to pay US$2.25 billion in damages to a man who attributed his cancer to the virus. Roundup herbicide.

John McKivison's lawyer, Ron Miller confirmed to AFP that the jurors of this Pennsylvania civil court had granted their client 2 billion US dollars in damages and 250 million in compensatory compensation.

The plaintiff claimed that his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, was linked to the use of Roundup, the active ingredient of which is glyphosate.

Bayer disputes the harmfulness of glyphosate. The group told AFP its intention to appeal the decision.

Glyphosate was classified in 2015 as a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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For its part, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) indicated that it had not identified any areas of critical concern in humans, animals or in the environment likely to prevent the x27;authorization of the herbicide, while recognizing a lack of data.

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The multinational Bayer owns Monsanto and the herbicide Roundup.

For Ron Miller, Bayer made bad choices in this matter. The fact that they did not seek more to reach an amicable agreement is a mystery.

The group has reaffirmed its intention to go to trial each time it is attacked over the alleged effects of Roundup.

It emphasized that it has won its case in several recent proceedings related to Roundup, based on evaluations by regulators and scientists who continue to consider this product safe.

In mid-November, a Missouri court jury awarded Monsanto $1.5 billion in damages to three Americans who also blamed their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for to years of use of Roundup.

The group also appealed this conviction.

According to Bayer, 113,000 of the approximately 165,000 lawsuits filed against Monsanto related to the herbicide have been resolved or declared inadmissible to date.

In June 2020, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology giant reached an out-of-court settlement covering, according to the company, approximately 75% of the 125,000 shares then outstanding.

The transaction provided for a total payment of between 10.1 and 10.9 billion US dollars.

Bayer also spent 400 million dollars to compensate people exposed to another herbicide, dicamba, and 820 million for disputes linked to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), so-called eternal pollutants.

In 2021, the company allocated an additional US$4.5 billion to manage these procedures, bringing the total envelope to more than 16 billion.

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