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Iowa Ag groups dispute CA glyphosate cancer claim

Ag groups join as co-plaintiffs in a legal case against the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).

National Association of Wheat Growers, Monsanto, and other ag groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday disputing California’s classification of glyphosate under Proposition (Prop) 65. Prop 65 declares glyphosate as cancerous. The Agribusiness Association of Iowa is one of several ag groups joining as co-plaintiffs. Joel Brinkmeyer is CEO of AAI.

“The concern for (us) is the immediate labeling on any glyphosate products in California. Secondly, will that mean all products (like) vegetables, fruits or any other products that have been treated by glyphosate, be subject to labels so we believe it is important to stop (this).”

California’s Proposition 65 was enacted to help Californians make informed decisions about protecting themselves from chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. But Brinkmeyer says there is a common misconception.

“These are concerns raised by a French health organization (IARC) that is not research-based or academic-based but for some reason (they) have been able to persuade California to support this proposition.”

Prop 65 is also called the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, was enacted in 1986. The Iowa Soybean Association has also joined as a co-plaintiff.

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