Roundup, manufactured by the controversial agrochemical company Monsanto, is an herbicide used by farmers and households to kill weeds. Roundup has been on the market for over 40 years, but not until the last decade have growing concerns of the health effects of the product led to the filing of hundreds of lawsuits.
In March 2015, the World Health Organization declared Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” which has been a turning point in Roundup litigation.
Roundup Health Risks
The growing number of lawsuits claim that the product has caused cancer, specifically non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), bone cancer and leukemia in farm workers and others who have been exposed to the product.
In April 2015, a class-action lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles County, California accusing Monsanto of false advertising for claiming that glysophate is harmless to humans. According to the claim, “Monsanto’s claim — that Roundup targets enzymes ‘not found in people’ — is objectively false and inherently misleading.”
In Europe, the product is also facing controversy and bans with one poll by YouGov showing that two-thirds of European citizens favor a ban of the product altogether. Denmark’s Working Authority has already declared Roundup a carcinogen and is warning people to not use it, citing studies that confirm glyphosate causes cancer in mammals. Roundup has also been banned from home-gardening centers in France.
Do You Have a Roundup Lawsuit?
If you or someone you know have been diagnosed with cancer after exposure to Roundup, contact Roberts & Roberts Law Firm at 903.597.6000, whose attorneys have decades of experience.