ANNISTON, ALABAMA – it was in 1979 that Congress issued a ban on the use and manufacturing of products that contain the hazardous chemical substance known as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The Monsanto Company has been cited to having been the lead manufacturer of the substance as there has been the presence of the chemical in various products of theirs that range from electronic equipment, to food packaging, to paint under the name of “Aroclor”, which was trademarked to the company.
Toxic Monsanto PCBs have been cited by sufferers of certain ailments, including some rare cancers, as the primary cause for their diseases. Three plaintiffs filed legal action against the company in 2009, claiming a link between non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
There is some precedent for the claim as a study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proved the significant effects of exposure to PCBs with the immune system through the study of the effects of the same substance on the Rhesus monkey, a species that is 93% compatible with people – making them the prime test subject for the effects of certain substances on humans. The monkey’s thymus gland was quite significantly shrunk and the thymus gland is highly linked with the immune system. It has, through a series of studies, been assessed that PCBs are “probable human carcinogens”.
Early in 2015, Ben Unglesbee of the St. Louis Business Journal reported that San Diego has filed for legal action against the company for the chemical pollution that the San Diego Bay has sustained. In the report, it has been discovered that the Monsanto Company has been dealing with the production of PCBs for 40 years. Though the company allegedly stopped production of the substance two years before the government imposed ban in the late 1970s, there have been reported files that rooted from an internal memo within the company that states that the company has been aware of the detrimental nature of their products since the 1960s and yet continued with production anyway.