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June 30, 2017

A Questionable IARC Report and the ‘Lawsuit Inducing’ Legacy of California’s Prop 65

A recent Reuters investigation “uncovered severe intellectual dishonesty” by a researcher for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) for a report which classified “glyphosate” (often sold under the brand name pesticide “RoundUp”) as carcinogenic, writes Dr. Joseph Perrone, Chief Science Officer at the Center for Accountability in Science, in the Orange County Register

That questionable IARC report “inspired California to require Proposition 65 cancer warnings on goods containing or exposed to glyphosate, like produce and wheat products.”

Thanks to the “bounty hunter” proposition in Proposition 65, “businesses owners whose products would never realistically cause cancer or reproductive harm faced 760 lawsuits and were shaken down for more than $30 million last year alone for Proposition 65 violations,” writes Perrone.

“Until Californians realize what little effect the excessive warnings on their sunglasses, pancake mix, and parking lots have on public health,” he concludes, “Proposition 65’s lawsuit-inducing legacy and false sense of security will endure.”

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