Australia's agriculture minister says Roundup is safe after $16bn US cancer lawsuit

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Australia's agriculture minister says Roundup is safe after $16bn US cancer lawsuit

Written by Australian Associated Press

Bayer’s US settlement over Monsanto’s weedkiller has given hope to litigants in Australia

Australia’s agriculture minister insists the common weedkiller Roundup is safe after its manufacturer agreed to pay almost $16bn to settle cancer lawsuits in the US.

The pesticides giant Bayer agreed overnight to pay up to US$10.9bn (A$15.8bn) to settle about 95,000 cases claiming Roundup caused cancer.

Related: Bayer agrees to $10.9bn settlement over Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup

Related: Revealed: Monsanto’s secret funding for weedkiller studies

Related: The Roundup row: is the world’s most popular weedkiller carcinogenic?

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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