Wisner on Thursday ran through a list of Monsanto’s newly revealed alleged sins, starting with the so-called IBT scandal. The company seemingly planted one of its employees at a contract lab called Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories (IBT) in the 1970s to fake negative mouse carcinogenicity data for Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate that were to be used to win regulatory approval for the weed killer in 1975; planned an attack to discredit the World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer research agency, anticipating the agency would classify glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015; and exploited “deep connections” within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to classify glyphosate as non-carcinogenic.
Although the Pilliods’ case is the third case to go to trial alleging Roundup causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma, it is the first time a jury will hear some of the allegations to which Wisner alluded Thursday. Evidence of the IBT scandal was not presented in the previous two trials in San Francisco state and federal courts, where both juries found for the plaintiffs and awarded them tens of millions of dollars in damages.
Neither was a revelation that University of California at Berkeley toxicologist Luoping Zhang was “so outraged” by the EPA’s failure to follow its own herbicide-assessment guidelines that she recently resigned from an EPA glyphosate-review panel to conduct her own study of the chemical. That study, released this past February, found that glyphosate exposure increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma. [Source]
The defense told the jury that the EPA's decisions are "backed by solid science." However, the EPA's decisions are based upon data provided by Monsanto itself. The plaintiffs' case is based upon Monsanto supplying the EPA with juggled data at best.
It will be interesting to see how this one turns out. I hope the reporting on it is excellent so we can determine whether the charge that Monsanto fudged the data was actually determined (proven).