Why is exposure to Roundup causing injury?
Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup, has maintained for several years, despite accumulating evidence to the contrary, that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round Up, does not pose any hazard to humans and is a relatively safe herbicide.
However, in March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO) considered to be the global gold standard for carcinogenicity studies, re-classified glyphosate as a Class 2A “probable human carcinogen” and stated that toxic effects in other mammals was also “sufficiently demonstrated.”
Has glyphosate’s carcinogenicity only recently been discovered?
No. It is now believed that both Monsanto and federal agencies knew of the link between glyphosate and cancer as long ago as 1980, when malignant tumors and other organ damage was recorded in rat and mouse studies conducted by the company.
Evidence of harmful effects of glyphosate exposure has been accumulating since 2002, and while recent studies have raised serious questions about the safety of glyphosate, in July 2013, the EPA nonetheless raised the allowable limits for glyphosate in oilseed crops from 20 ppm to 40 ppm. The FDA did not perform independent tests on whether higher residue levels of glyphosate were dangerous to humans or the environment; it relied on tests and data provided by Monsanto.
What are the side effects of exposure to Roundup?
The most serious side effect linked to exposure to the glyphosate in Roundup is Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which has become the focus of potential litigation against Monsanto.
Who is most affected by exposure to glyphosate in Roundup?
U.S. consumers use nearly a billion pounds of glyphosate in field and lawn applications each year.
Landscapers, groundskeepers, and other lawn care professionals who receive indirect exposure.
Data continues to accumulate showing adverse effects of glyphosate even in infinitesimal (parts per trillion) concentrations based on its presence in our food supplies.
How do I know if I have been exposed to glyphosate?
If you have purchased and used Roundup® since 1980, you have been exposed to glyphosate. You may have also been indirectly exposed to glyphosate in the meats, vegetables, and water you consume daily.
Has any legal action been taken against Monsanto, the manufacturer of Roundup based on these findings?
Based on the IARC’s recent and long overdue re-classification of glyphosate as a Class 2A “probable human carcinogen” and the rise in the incidence of the injuries associated with exposure, litigation against Monsanto is pending in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of California.
Are these adverse effects only being experienced in the U.S.?
No. Recently the Argentinian Federation of Health Professionals stated: “Glyphosate not only causes cancer. It is also associated with increased spontaneous abortions, birth defects, skin diseases, and respiratory and neurological disease.” In addition, glyphosate is now considered a carcinogen by Denmark’s Working Environment Authority (WEA).
How do I know if I have a viable case in any Round Up litigation?
If you have developed Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma or chronic lymphatic leukemia after exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, you may be eligible for filing a claim.
In addition to working with your health care professional, you should also report the incident to the EPA and/or FDA.
To find out if you are eligible to file a claim against Monsanto after suffering an injury as a result of exposure to glyphosate in Roundup, contact McDivitt Law Firm at 877-846-4878 or click here for a free and confidential case evaluation.