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Beate Ritz, professor of epidemiology and environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, was mentioned in a Mar. 6 Associated Press article reporting that a federal judge in San Francisco is currently hearing from experts before deciding whether plaintiffs can move forward with legal action against Monsanto, the maker of the herbicide Roundup, which the plaintiffs claim can cause cancer. Ritz is serving as a witness for the plaintiffs.
Claims that the active ingredient in the widely used weedkiller Roundup can cause cancer have been evaluated by international agencies, U.S. and foreign regulators and the product's manufacturer -- agribusiness giant Monsanto.
Now, a federal judge in San Francisco is conducting his own review during an unusual set of court hearings that began Monday. It has big stakes for Monsanto and hundreds of farmers and others who have sued the company.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria will spend a week hearing from experts to help decide whether there is valid scientific evidence to support the lawsuits' claim that exposure to Roundup can cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.