The widely-used weed killer, Roundup®, will soon require a warning
label when sold in the state of California. That is because the main ingredient
in Roundup® is glyphosate, which may cause cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s
Lymphoma. Monsanto, the maker of Roundup® will have approximately
one year from July 7, 2017 to add warning labels to its product. While
not all states will require a warning label on Roundup®, it is certainly
a cautionary indication to consumers that this product may not be safe.
Why is the Roundup® Warning Label Becoming a Requirement?
In 2015 a division of the World Health Organization, The International
Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), found that glyphosate caused cancer
in lab tests on animals and that glyphosate also damaged DNA in human
cells. The agency labeled Roundup® as a “probable human carcinogen”.
Who is at Risk with Roundup®?
Roundup® is used by home gardeners as well as agricultural companies
farming such crops as soybeans and corn, so the risks associated with
glyphosate are far-reaching. In fact, Roundup® has become the most
widely used weed killer in the world. Part of the reason for its popularity
is that many weed-killers also kill the crops. Monsato, the manufacturer
of Roundup®, developed a way to re-engineer some corn and soybean
crops so that they are resistant to the herbicide. Additionally, in recent
years the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has allowed greater levels
of herbicides to be sprayed on crops, so exposure to glyphosate is on
Are there Lawsuits Against the Makers of Roundup®?
In the United States there are currently over 700 lawsuits filed against
Monsanto claiming the manufacturer did not warn the public of the possible
cancer risks from exposure to Roundup®. In March of 2017 damaging
documents were unsealed by a federal court overseeing the litigation against
Monsato. These documents show that Monsato may have colluded with a senior
director at the EPA to shed doubt on the IARC findings that glyphosate
(Roundup®) causes cancer. Furthermore, Monsato may have ghost-written
studies that the EPA used in its evaluation of glyphosate as a carcinogen.
What Should Consumers Do?
Consumers that have reasons to believe that their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
was caused by toxic exposure to Roundup® are encouraged to consult
with an attorney to determine if they may have a case against Monsato.
Please contact our law firm, Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC if you would like
to further discuss your concerns.