September 30, 2015 — A lawsuit has been filed against Monsanto Co. by a woman who blames her leukemia on exposure to the weed-killer Roundup during the 1990s.
The lawsuit (PDF) was filed on September 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Case No. 2:15-cv-05494) by Judi Fitzgerald.
Ms. Fitzgerald was exposed to Roundup while working for N & O Horticultural Products in St. James, New York. From 1994-1998, she was routinely exposed to Roundup when it was sprayed on plants and vegetables in greenhouses and fields. According to her complaint:
“She recalls the vapors of Roundup inside the building and the wind drifts of Roundup outside when applied. … On at least several occasions, Ms. Fitzgerald became ill within hours of being in the vicinity of the spraying of Roundup.”
In October 2012, Ms. Fitzgerald was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). She is now unable to work and has been forced to move to Virginia for economic reasons.
In March 2015, Ms. Fitzgerald learned about the link between Roundup and cancer after an agency of the World Health Organization (WHO) called it a “probable human carcinogen.”
She claims Monsanto never adequately tested Roundup for safety and has failed to warn consumers about the possible increased risk of cancer. Studies have found higher rates of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other haematopoietic cancers, including lymphocytic lymphoma/chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), B-cell lymphoma, and multiple myeloma.
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