Monsanto weedkiller banned by French court, adding to legal woes

Monsanto’s Roundup Pro 360 weedkiller was banned by a French Court on Tuesday over safety concerns, Reuters reports.

This marks the latest Roundup-related legal challenge for Bayer. The German company has been engaged in a series of legal battles since acquiring Creve Coeur-based Monsanto for $63 billion last year.

Monsanto’s Roundup and Ranger Pro products are at the center of the controversy. Thousands of lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. blaming the products for causing cancer.

DeWayne Johnson, a California groundskeeper who claims Roundup caused his cancer, won a $78.6 million verdict against Monsanto. Soon after, Bayer CEO Werner Baumann suggested the company would consider settling lawsuits over Monsanto weedkillers.

In France, the environmental agency ANSES approved Roundup Pro 360 in 2017. However, that decision was condemned this week by a French court, which said that ANSES failed to take into account potential health risks associated with chemical used in the weedkiller, glyphosate.

Bayer continues to point to regulatory rulings and scientific tests that deemed glyphosate safe.

French President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to phase out glyphosate use in the country within three years.

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