Monsanto was aware that PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) were detrimental to human health.
“The list of chemicals was jaw dropping in terms of the ones where there were serious questions about the safety studies,” von Stackelberg recalls; he took a closer look at other chemicals used in food and drugs, to discover that these had questionable safety backing based on fraudulent science.
Von Stackelberg’s work resulted in criminal charges being filed against Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories, but this legal action didn’t change the practices of the industry, as they’ve continued on with their lies and deception till today.
“The whole thing sort of faded away and 40 years later, we’re still dealing with the pollution, the corruption, the fraud and so on,” he says. “I call IBT the original sin of the EPA regulatory system. It’s never been something I would say can be trusted.”