Lowe’s Home Centers is the defendant in a proposed class action lawsuit filed over its sale of Roundup, which contains the probable carcinogen glyphosate.
At the heart of the complaint is the apparent lack of warnings on containers of Roundup and its myriad formulations with regard to the health risks associated with using the herbicide. The case points out that the only warning on Roundup’s label states, “keep out of reach of children,” and identifies that the product may cause “moderate eye irritation.”
Echoing claims detailed in a separate case this week against Home Depot, the lawsuit charges that Roundup is “defective, dangerous to human health, unfit and unsuitable to be marketed and sold” without more robust warnings. Those that do exist on bottles of Roundup, the case argues, give the “false impression eye irritation is the only risk” users of the weedkiller face.
Roundup retailers such as Lowe’s Home Center are provided with a safety data sheet by the product’s manufacturer, Monsanto, that details the hazards of using the herbicide, the complaint states. Despite its knowledge of the information contained in the Roundup safety data sheet, Lowe’s Home Center, the suit alleges, offers no warning to consumers that they may be exposed to glyphosate through inhalation and skin contact, nor instructs users to wear a respirator gas mask while using Roundup.
The case argues that reasonable consumers would not have bought Roundup had they known its use came with carcinogenic risks.