Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup®, has been linked to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and deemed a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. The Miller Firm is co-lead counsel in the consolidated litigation against Monsanto on behalf of victims who have developed Non-Hodgkin lymphoma after exposure to Roundup®. New evidence in this litigation, including unsealed internal emails, has led lawmakers around the world to question previous glyphosate safety assessments by U.S. and European agencies.
On March 15, Congressman Ted W. Lieu called for both a congressional hearing and a Department of Justice investigation “to look into any potential misconduct by employees of the EPA,” in a press statement (lieu.house.gov). He explained that the new evidence suggests leaks were occurring between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Monsanto and that an EPA official worked to suppress a Department of Health and Human Services review of glyphosate. Lieu found this evidence “deeply troubling” and called on all consumers to cease using Roundup® immediately.
On March 24, a group of 30 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) wrote to Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, urging him not to renew the marketing authorization for glyphosate. While the letter was initiated by “Greens” or environmentalists, EU Observer explains that members of the centre-right, centre-left, far-left and Italy’s Five Star Movement also signed on (euobserver.com).
The letter cites concerns over the validity of a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) study used for the glyphosate assessment. The study in question was co-written by a former Monsanto employee. The disturbing recently disclosed emails reveal Monsanto’s practice of ghost-writing glyphosate research for academics and also suggest the company has been aware of glyphosate’s carcinogenic properties for decades.
The MEPs asked for the European Union (EU) to refrain from generating new approvals of glyphosate until the EFSA and European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have time to explore the validity of the glyphosate studies. Glyphosate currently has a temporary license in the EU, which will expire six weeks after the ECHA submits it opinion on the chemical.
The concerned MEPS also called for a full investigation into Monsanto’s potential falsifying of documents and “a ban on undisclosed contact between EU officials and any lobbyist working with or for Monsanto.”
The Miller Firm is presently accepting clients who developed Non-Hodgkin lymphoma after exposure to Roundup®. If this happened to you, please visit our Roundup® Lawsuit page to request a free consultation or call the Miller Firm at 1-800-882-2525.