The controversy over California’s “cancer-causing” label requirement for glyphosate is intensifying.
Attorneys general from eleven other states filed a "friend of the court" brief in the challenge of the State of California’s decision to label glyphosate as a carcinogen, arguing that this mandate forces businesses to state false and misleading information about their products. Ultimately, the plaintiffs in the case argue that the warning requirements violate the First Amendment and adversely affect citizens.
The eleven states include Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
California voted in 2015 to require cancer warnings on products containing glyphosate by July 2018.
Glyphosate is the most commonly used herbicide worldwide. Many studies have concluded there is no link between human exposure to the herbicide and cancer, including studies conducted through the Agricultural Health Study (NIH) and even the state of California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (which issued the mandate).
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