A chemical at the centre of a £225million legal payout to a man dying of cancer can still be found in a host of garden products on sale in the UK, MirrorOnline can reveal.
Dewayne Johnson, 46, was awarded the huge sum on Friday after a California jury of lay people concluded Monsanto’s Roundup was a "substantial factor" of his non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Jurors also found that the potential risks of the product were known by the scientific community and Monsanto failed to "adequately warn" of the danger.
However, Monsanto insists glyphosate, the herbicide in its product, does not cause cancer and plans to appeal the verdict.
The jury’s decision also appears to go against the largest study done into the herbicide, carried out by the UN and World Health Organisation in 2016, which said the chemical was “unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans from exposure through the diet”.
Despite the controversy around it use, the herbicide can still be found in a number of popular weedkillers sold in this country, we can reveal.
Here are five of the most popular:
Containers of Roundup products can be bought for as little as £10 online in the UK.
One, Roundup Gel is available in 150ml packages, and carries a warning to wash hands and exposed skin after use.
Monsanto vice president Scott Partridge said: "Roundup has been safe for four decades and will continue to be safe. There is no credible scientific evidence that demonstrates otherwise.
"It is completely and totally safe and the public should not be concerned about this verdict, it is one that we will work through the legal process to see if we can get the right result. The science is crystal clear."
2. Weedol Rootkill Plus
Weedol’s popular ready-to-use Rootkill Plus spray also includes the chemical and can be bought from a string of high street chains.
The product label lists it as containing glyphosate alongside pesticide pyraflufen ethyl.
DeadFast weedkiller is also available to buy in the UK, with its active ingredient listed on retail sites as glyphosate.
It boasts of the ability to wipe out most living plants on paths, drives and wasteland.
4. Resolva Xtra Tough
Six liquid sachets of Resolva Xtra Tough can be bought online for under £10, promising to kill your weeds "right down to the root".
The company’s website contains a warning about glyphosate, saying: "Use plant protection products safely. Always read the label and product information before use."
5. Barclay Gallup
Barclay Gallup, a range of products sold as a domestic herbicide to take on common garden weeds, also contains glyphosate.
Its Home and Garden product lists glyphosate as its active ingredient on the label.
The court battle
Mr Johnson, a former pest control manager who has just months to live, used the Roundup weedkiller up to 30 times a year while working for California schools.
The jury at San Francisco’s Superior Court of California deliberated for three days before finding that Monsanto had failed to warn Mr Johnson and other consumers of the cancer risks posed by its weedkillers.
He is the first of hundreds of claimants who say the product caused cancer.
And chemicals giant Monsanto, a unit of Bayer AG, faces more than 5,000 similar lawsuits across the US.
UK chain Homebase has now said this afternoon that it will review its stock following the case.
A spokesman said: "We have confirmed that we will be reviewing our range of weedkiller products."
Monsanto denies glyphosate causes cancer and says decades of scientific studies have shown the chemical to be safe for human use.
They have strenuously denied that their product Roundup caused cancer in Mr Johnson and have said they will appeal the verdict.
In 2015, the World Health Organisation’s cancer arm classified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans".
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