Former Coffee Grower Says Monsanto Hid Weed Killer Risks

Law360, New York (November 6, 2015, 5:06 PM EST) -- A former coffee grower filed suit against Monsanto Co. on Thursday in California federal court, accusing the multinational chemical company of false advertising and masking the risks of glyphosate, the allegedly carcinogenic primary active ingredient in its top-selling weed killer, Roundup.

Plaintiff Christine Sheppard began using Monsanto's Roundup on her farm in Hawaii in or around 1995 and continued routinely applying the product to her commercial coffee crop until 2004, according to the complaint. Sheppard was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2003 and as a result was forced to sell her farm and move to California to undergo treatment, the suit...

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