JP councilman sues maker of popular weed killer

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts has sued the maker of a popular weed killer.

Roberts says the chemicals in The Monsanto product gave him non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

He said his father worked for a company that supplied materials for Monsanto.

Roberts claimed he was exposed to the chemicals in Roundup at least once a week for years.

His lawsuit comes after a California jury awarded a former school groundskeeper $290 million.

Monsanto has denied the claims and say the products are safe.

Bayer, which recently merged with Monsanto, released this statement about the lawsuit:

“More than 800 scientific studies, the U.S. EPA, the National Institutes of Health and regulators around the world have concluded that glyphosate is safe for use and does not cause cancer. We have empathy for anyone suffering from cancer, but the scientific evidence clearly shows that glyphosate was not the cause."

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