Hundreds file suit against Monsanto alleging weed killer caused cancer
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Hundreds of people across the U.S. are joining together to sue the maker of a weed killer they say gave them cancer.
The main chemical ingredient in Round-Up was named in a World Health Organization study back in 2015, as health experts said it's likely carcinogenic, and damages the DNA in human cells.
But customers were still able to purchase the lawn product.
The company who makes it, Monsanto, told CBS last summer the data shows the product is safe.
"There is no data indicating that we should change any recommendations on how this product should be used. Glyphosate, the data is clear, doesn't cause cancer," said Monsanto scientist Dr. Donna Farmer.
But that data is now in question.
Newly released court documents in the lawsuit suggest Monsanto planned to ghostwrite a positive report on the main chemical, and get experts to back it up.