Bayer says now targeted in 18,400 glyphosate cases in US

FRANCE24.COM is reporting:

“German pharmaceutical giant Bayer said Tuesday it is now targeted in some 18,400 US legal cases over glyphosate, a key herbicide ingredient that plaintiffs say caused grave illnesses like cancer.

“As of July 11, 2019, lawsuits from approximately 18,400 plaintiffs had been served in the United States in connection with the crop protection product glyphosate,” Bayer said in a statement.

In April, the number of cases stood at 13,400.

Bayer “continues to believe that it has meritorious defences and intends to defend itself vigorously” it said.

In the group’s second-quarter earnings, also released Tuesday, Bayer reported net profits fell 49.1 percent year-on-year to 404 million euros ($450 million).”