Check your weed killer.
Regulators are taking the first step toward making California the first state to require that the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer.
Officials announced that on July 7, glyphosate will appear on a list that California keeps of potentially cancerous chemicals. Because glyphosate is the main ingredient in Roundup, officials said that a year from now, the listing could come with warning labels on the actual product itself.
It's not certain that the product will get the warning label, though, especially since the chemical's maker, Monsanto, has filed an appeal after losing in court to block the labeling. Monsanto is arguing that Roundup doesn't cause cancer and that the labels will hurt the company's business.
Also, state health regulators still have to determine whether there's actually a high enough amount of the chemical in the weed killer to harm a human's health.
Attorney Michael Baum represents more than 300 people who claim a loved one became sick or died from exposure to Roundup. He says the fight to protect Californians is not over.
He said that if California fails to set the proper risk levels for this product, it'd be undermining the state's protections by listing other harmful ingredients in products.
Glyphosate was introduced by Monsanto in 1974 as an effective way of killing weeds while not harming surrounding crops or plants. It's sold in more than 160 countries and it's used on 250 different crops in California alone.