What Is Roundup?
Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in the world. A potent weedkiller, Roundup was introduced for agricultural use in the 1970s. Now it’s marketed in spray form for home, garden, and other applications.
The chemical glyphosate is a key ingredient in Roundup. In 2015, it was classified as a probable carcinogen by the WHO’s IARC World Health Organization (WHO). While the scientific evidence is controversial, there are thousands of lawsuits pending against the makers of Roundup.
These lawsuits claim that the plaintiffs developed cancer and that Monsanto had failed to notify them of the possible risks of using Roundup. Have you experienced health problems associated with using Roundup? Don’t wait to get the justice you deserve! Contact us today for a free consultation.
Who Makes Roundup?
The original producer of Roundup is Monsanto, which was bought by Bayer in 2018. Monsanto has faced previous legal action over its chemical products, including DDT and Agent Orange, while Bayer has been litigated for complications with their products Essure and Mirena, among others.
What is Glyphosate?
Glyphosate is the primary chemical in Roundup that acts as an herbicide.
Some research has pointed to a possible link between glyphosate and certain types of cancer.
Monsanto was the first to use glyphosate in their weed killer and they patented the chemical when Roundup was released in the 1970s. That patent has since expired, allowing other companies to use glyphosate in their weed killer products. Despite Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides having been approved for safe use, the heavy application of these herbicides across the world has raised some concerns about the safety of humans coming into contact with the chemicals.
Potential Health Risks of Using Roundup
Roundup’s Link to Cancer
When glyphosate-based herbicides first came into use, research at the time showed a low risk of toxicity, but many now believe that those findings were based on outdated science. In 2015, the WHO’s cancer research group, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), found that glyphosate most likely has links to cancer. The IARC based their assessment of glyphosate’s classification as a potential carcinogen on studies done on animals, which showed that glyphosate caused tumors in mice and rats, as well as on evidence that glyphosate could cause changes in human DNA. Because there was little evidence of direct links between glyphosate and cancer, the IARC gave glyphosate a 2A rating, which means that it’s “probably carcinogenic”, rather than a 1 rating, which is only used for known carcinogens.
While the Environment Protection Agency and several industry-backed groups did not find a definite link between glyphosate-based herbicides and cancer, California added the chemical to its list of cancer-causing chemicals in July 2018.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or NHL, is a category of cancers of the blood and includes all types of lymphomas, except for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lymphomas are cancers that affect white blood cells. Although the scientific evidence connecting Roundup and glyphosate-based herbicides to cancer is controversial, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is the type of cancer specifically mentioned as being potentially linked to Roundup.
Roundup Found in Food
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has admitted to finding what they called “a fair amount” of glyphosate in foods, such as cereals, that are commonly consumed by a large number of people. FDA researchers found glyphosate in the following foods:
- Snack bars
The FDA is responsible for testing food products for chemicals and pesticides but only began testing food for Roundup and glyphosate after the WHO’s IARC classification of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen in 2015. Since then, the FDA has been testing food and finding amounts of glyphosate in foods most people eat daily.
Roundup-Related Litigation Against Monsanto and Bayer
In 2018, a jury awarded Dewayne Johnson, a groundskeeper who had regularly used Roundup in his job at a public school in California, $289 million dollars after he sued Bayer, who purchased Monsanto in 2018. Johnson claimed that his non-Hodgkin Lymphoma was caused by his repeated exposure to Roundup and that Monsanto had failed to warn of the risks of the glyphosate-based herbicide. The jury found in favor of Johnson and ordered Monsanto to pay $39 million for Johnson’s medical bills and the pain and suffering he endured, as well as an additional $250 million in damages.
The success of Johnson’s case against Monsanto resulted in hundreds of other cases receiving the green light to proceed. As of August 2018, more than 8,000 lawsuits were pending against Bayer and Monsanto.
Should You Consider a Roundup Lawsuit?
If you believe you have a case against Bayer and Monsanto, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have Non-Hodgkin lymphoma or other health problems that can be linked to Roundup?
- Did you have extended exposure to Roundup?
- Has your doctor confirmed that exposure to glyphosate from using Roundup was the cause of your medical condition?
If you answered yes to the above questions, contact Farah & Farah now for a free consultation. One of our highly trained attorney specializing in medical cases can help determine if you have a case. You pay nothing unless your case is successful, so don’t hesitate to get the justice you deserve!