Roundup Weed Killer Has Been Shown to Cause Cancer and Health Conditions for Agricultural Workers and Consumers

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Recent studies by the World Health Organization (WHO) show that Roundup can cause cancer and other serious health conditions. WHO also labeled Monsanto Roundup weed killer as a possible human carcinogen that can harm farmers, farm workers, gardeners and landscapers who regularly use the product.

People and employees with diagnoses of various forms of cancer, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, due to Roundup exposure decided to recently file  Roundup lawsuits. Our attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., are here to represent any one affected by Roundup who is interested in filing a lawsuit.

What Is Roundup?

Roundup (glyphosate) is a type of herbicide made by the agricultural company Monsanto. It is commonly used as an all-purpose weed killer. According to CBS News, glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide by Americans in agriculture and farming services. Besides its use for farmers, Roundup is also used on golf courses and residential lawns to remove weeds.

What Are the Symptoms of Roundup Poisoning?

If you are a farmer, agricultural worker, or a Roundup consumer who uses glyphosate on your lawn or garden, you may be at risk of accidental herbicide exposure. Products containing glyphosate cause:

  • Nose and throat irritation
  • Eye and skin irritation
  • Mouth and throat burns
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Pets are also at risk if they touch or eat plants contaminated with Roundup.

Why Does the World Health Organization Believe Roundup Causes Cancer?

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted research on Roundup and its health effects. The organization concluded that it is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The research actually confirmed that Roundup has been carcinogenic for several decades since being on the consumer market. The health risks, however, were kept hidden from the general public once sales steadily increased in the United States.

How Does Roundup Cause Cancer?

Many scientific studies have shown a connection between Monsanto Roundup weed killer and certain forms of cancer. Evidence shows that glyphosate, the active chemical in Roundup, directly links to cancer and other health conditions.

In 1985, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled glyphosate as a Group C chemical, which means that the product could be potentially carcinogenic to humans. Scientists conducted an animal study with mice, giving them regular exposure to glyphosate. Over time, the mice showed an increase in cancer and serious health problems.

Another study by the EPA in 1991, however, included a re-evaluation of the mice data. After doing more studies, they re-classified Roundup as a Group E chemical, which indicated that there was no clear evidence that glyphosate caused human cancer. However, the EPA also found out that Monsanto laboratories committed fraud and illegal activities.

Has Monsanto Participated in Illegal Activities?

On several occasions, starting in the 1970s, Monsanto conducted  studies and issued false reports to prove to the public that Roundup was “safe.” In 1971, Monsanto hired Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories (IBT) to do toxicology studies on glyphosate. In 1974, Roundup was initially approved for sale, but it was later found to have data discrepancies that contradicted IBT’s claims that it was safe. Then, in 1983, three top executives at IBT were convicted of fraud.

Another similar incident happened in 1991 when Monsanto hired Craven Laboratories to conduct several studies. Later that year, the owner of the lab and a few other employees were indicted for fraud and illegal lab practices.

In 1996, the New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit again Monsanto for “falsely advertising the weed killer as being safer than table salt and ‘practically non-toxic’ to mammals, birds and fish.” In his claims, the Attorney General stated that Monsanto incorrectly told farmers and farm workers that Roundup was completely non-toxic. Monsanto did agree to stop falsely advertising, but this agreement only applied to New York and not to other states.

What Should I Do If I Have Experienced Health Concerns After Using Roundup?

If you or someone you love uses Roundup and has experienced a serious health condition or a diagnosis of cancer, you have the legal right to file a product liability lawsuit against Bayer, who bought Monsanto in 2018. Contact one of our personal injury lawyers at Eisenberg, Winkler, Rothweiler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C., today to receive a free consultation to discuss your potential case.