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  • CDC detects traces of weed killer linked to cancer in majority of US urine samples

    Published July 14, 2022 9:36PM

    By Austin Williams

    Bayer will pay up to $10.9B to settle Roundup case

    German pharmaceutical company Bayer says it’s paying up to $10.9 billion to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, which has faced numerous lawsuits over claims it causes cancer.

    LOS ANGELES - A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found samples of a controversial weed-killing chemical in more than 80% of urine samples in U.S. kids and adults.

    The report, which was published last month analyzed urine samples of 2,310 people in which they found alarming amounts of glyphosate, a harmful chemical that is the active ingredient in the popular Roundup brand.

    "Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the country, yet until now we had very little data on exposure," Alexis Temkin, a toxicologist at the Environmental Working Group, said Monday in a statement. "Children in the U.S. are regularly exposed to this cancer-causing weedkiller through the food they eat virtually every day." ...

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    National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey - CDC

    2013-2014 Data Documentation, Codebook, and Frequencies

    Glyphosate (GLYP) - Urine (SSGLYP_H)

    Data File: SSGLYP_H.xpt

    First Published: June 2022

    Component Description

    Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the United States in the agricultural sector and the second most used in the home and garden market sector (US EPA 2017). Its use has increased more than 200-fold since 1974 when Monsanto commercialized it under the trade name Roundup (Benbrook, 2016). In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer determined that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen” (IARC, 2015). However, the European Food Safety Authority and the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Meeting on Pesticide Residues (EFSA 2015, FAO/WHO 2015) determined that glyphosate is unlikely to be a carcinogen. The US EPA concluded that “available data and weight-of-evidence clearly do not support the descriptors “carcinogenic to humans,” “likely to be carcinogenic to humans,” or “inadequate information to assess carcinogenic potential” (US EPA 2017a). Controversy and concern that the rising use of glyphosate may have adverse human-health effects exist (Myers et. al., 2016). Yet, the extent of human exposure to glyphosate in the U.S. population is largely unknown. Data to better understand exposure to glyphosate are needed to increase our knowledge of its potential effects on health.

    Eligible Sample

    A one-third subsample of participants aged 6 years and older, who gave consent for their samples to be used in future research and had stored urine samples from 2013-2014, were eligible.