Environment & Energy Report

Roundup Attacks Gut Bacteria in People and Pets, Lawsuit Alleges

Feb. 13, 2019, 9:16 PM

Monsanto Co. has been sued by thousands of farmers and others who blame their cancers on its massively popular Roundup weedkiller. Now Germany’s Bayer AG, which bought the agriculture giant last year, faces a claim that it deceived home gardeners about Roundup’s impact on their gut bacteria and their health.

The lawsuit, filed Feb. 13 in federal court in Kansas City, Mo., claims that labels on products such as Roundup Weed & Grass Killer falsely assured consumers that they target an enzyme not found “in people or pets.”

According to the suit—which names three consumers as plaintiffs seeking unspecified monetary...

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