On Friday, an American was awarded a billion compensation because the producer did not warn that a drug could cause cancer. The herbicide is also sold in Norway.
Monsanto’s highly controversial herbicide, ‘Roundup’, has been the rescue for farmers worldwide for decades, and is sold by, among other places, at Felleskjøpet and Europris in Norway. The drug has been the subject of debate due to the active substance,‘glyphosate’.
‘’We sell pesticides containing glyphosate. I’m not sure what concentrations and blends were in the mix at the trial in the United States,’’ said Marketing Manager, Bjørn Stabbetorp of Felleskjøpet to NRK news.
“Every summer we get reaction against Monsanto and their pesticides and GMO activities.
People write critical posts on Facebook and elsewhere. There is a lot of emotion out there,’’ he added.
The American gardener, DeWayne Johnson, is dying of cancer and claims he became ill because he was exposed to the herbicide, ‘Roundup’, more specifically the professional edition, ‘RangerPro’, at work at a school. He sued the producer, Monsanto.
After eight weeks in court, Johnson was awarded $39 million in compensation on Friday and $250 million, a total of $289 million, or approximately NOK 2.4 billion.
Monsanto has announced that the company will appeal the verdict and fight hard for its allegedly potentially lethal product.
Approved in Norway
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority approves herbicides in Norway.
The International Bureau for Cancer Research under the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report in 2015 in which they concluded that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic.
The EU Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have concluded the opposite, and since Norway is a member of the EEA Agreement, the Norwegian Food Safety Authority must follow the conclusions of EFSA and ECHA, apparently whether Roundup is a deadly substance or not.
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