Home Depot on Monday was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court over sales of Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, saying the retail giant fails to warn of its cancer risks.
Plaintiff James Weeks said that the warning on Roundup’s labeling gives the false impression that its only risk is eye irritation when its active ingredient glyphosate is known to have links to cancer. Home Depot is provided with a “safety data sheet” by Roundup’s manufacturer, which states that people can be exposed to glyphosate through inhalation or skin contact, according to Weeks.
Weeks also filed a similar complaint against Lowe’s on Wednesday.
“Despite its knowledge of the SDS, defendant does not warn consumers they may be exposed to glyphosate through inhalation and skin contact,” Weeks said. “Defendant further omits proper use instructions, e.g. advising consumers to use a gas mask respirator when using Roundup.”