The Bayer Group now has legal recourse in Australia through a herbicide from its subsidiary Monsanto. A Grtner from Melbourne has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto Australia in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Michael Ogalirolo, a 54-year-old man, suffers from a report from the daily Sydney Morning Herald (Tuesday) about a malignant disease of the lymphatic system (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma). He used the Monsanto Roundup weed killer for 18 years.
In the lawsuit, Monsanto Australia is accused of failing to warn of the health risks associated with Roundup products. The weed killer contains the active ingredient, glyphosate.
In a statement, Bayer said that so far, only the media reports on this case were known, but not the gardener's own lawsuit, but also studies that Roundup, responsible for diseases such as lymphoma non-Hodgkin, can not be held responsible.
In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only classified glyphosate in early May as a non-carcinogenic substance. In contrast, the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization (WHO) considers it "probably carcinogenic".
Monsanto, which the company bought last year for about $ 63 billion, has already filed a number of lawsuits in the United States. A US court recently awarded a retired couple nearly 1.8 billion euros in damages. Both have non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.