Roundup, the weedkiller produced by Monsanto, is the latest product to be forced to have a label alerting Californians about possible cancer causing. This is the latest flash after a year-long fight between environmentalists, scientists, and Monsanto.
California Forces Monsanto to Label its Weed Killer
For Californians, reading labels is daily activity when they go shopping. According to Proposition 65, all potentially dangerous products must carry a label specifying its potential dangers.
Californians passed Proposition 65, called Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, and the law demands the respective labels for products that have chemicals in them that are deemed as being dangerous.
To this date, Proposition 65 covers 900 and counting substances that are believed to cause cancer, birth defects, reproductive harm, and others. Warning labels can either be placed directly on products or posted in businesses, workplaces, and rental units. The labels that are put on products are made by state-qualified scientists.
Unique in California, Proposition 65 is enforced by the Attorney General’s Office and the district and city attorneys in metropolitan areas. Roundup was the recent lawsuit related incident which was intended by consumer advocacy groups.
Those who oppose Proposition 65 say that this law can confuse people and cause public opinion to overreact in some cases. This is because in some cases the federal standards contradict those of California.
In the case of Roundup, and Monsanto implicitly, glyphosate – an ingredient found in many chemical products – has been the subject of an almost two-year legal battle between Monsanto and the California Environmental Protection Agency. Monsanto is trying to appeal to a Superior Court decision from March that allowed state regulators to move forward with putting the warning labels on the herbicide.
Proposition 65 is seen as being of real usefulness because it raises consumer awareness whenever someone buys a product, old or new. And, because it is also mandatory, those who do not comply with regulations must pay $2,500 daily.
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