Jury Finds Monsanto PCBs Not To Blame For Cancer Cases

By Andrew Scurria (May 22, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT) -- A California jury returned a defense verdict Wednesday in a personal injury suit claiming three people developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma because toxic polychlorinated biphenyls manufactured by Monsanto Co. permeated their food supply, resolving the first such case to go to trial nationwide.

Following a four-week trial, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury found that Monsanto's design and marketing of PCBs between 1935 and 1977 were not substantial causes of the three plaintiffs' cancer.

Production of the compound was all but banned in the late 1970s after it was linked to a wide range of ills, but lingering PCBs are still ubiquitous in...

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