The weed-killer Roundup has been declared a “probable human carcinogen” by the cancer-research agency of the World Health Organization (WHO). Studies around the world have found evidence linking it to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and leukemia.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Roundup induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with lymphoma, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
Roundup MDL Centralizes Lawsuits in California
In October 2016, federal judges centralized dozens of Roundup lawsuits in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2741) in the Northern District of California under Judge Vince Chhabria. Monsanto is accused of failing to warn about the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Lawyers also say the combination of glyphosate with the chemical POEA makes Roundup even more toxic.
Roundup Could be Recalled in Europe
Roundup could soon be recalled in the European Union (EU) after several member states refused to extend its license due to concerns about cancer. Click here to read more.
California Farmer’s Roundup Lawsuit Could be Landmark Case Against Monsanto
The family of a California farmer who died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma has filed a Roundup lawsuit against Monsanto. The case is unique because the plaintiff, Anthony “Jack” McCall, did not use any other pesticides or herbicides on his farm, never smoked, stayed in shape, and had no history of lymphoma.
Roundup Cancer Lawsuits
In April 2016, a federal judge in California refused to dismiss a lawsuit (PDF) filed by a man who blames Roundup for his non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The decision paves the way for other people to file similar lawsuits against Monsanto.
Lawsuits have been filed by people who developed leukemia, bone cancer, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma after exposure to Roundup. The plaintiffs include a macadamia farm-worker who was diagnosed with lymphoma who filed a federal lawsuit (PDF) in Hawaii. In October 2015, lawyers filed three lawsuits against Monsanto in Delaware Superior Court.
Regulators Express Concerns About Roundup
In March 2016, several member states in the European Union balked at renewing a 15-year approval for Roundup. Their concerns were based on growing evidence that people in Europe are exposed to Roundup. According to Bloomberg:
“In February, testing found traces of glyphosate in German beer and organic panty liners sold in France. Other tests have found chemical residue in British bread, as well as in the urine of people across Europe.”
In August 2015, a bill was introduced in Hawaii that would ban spraying of Monsanto’s weed-killer Roundup and other herbicides on public roads, sidewalks, parks, waterways, and more.
In June 2015, Roundup was banned from home-gardening centers in France just weeks after it was declared a “probable” human carcinogen by the UN.
That same month, Roundup was declared a carcinogen by Denmark’s Working Environmental Authority. Danish experts spoke to the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) and warned that Roundup should not be used by gardeners to control weeds:
“We know that glyphosate causes cancer in other mammals, but it has not been demonstrated in humans. That is because the effects are not investigated thoroughly enough in people yet. But when we see that other mammals get cancer from glyphosate, we must assume that people who are exposed to the substance can also develop cancer.”
What is Roundup?
Roundup (glyphosate) is the most widely-used herbicide (weed-killer) in the world. It’s used on countless lawns and backyard gardens, school playgrounds, orchards, parks, and nearly every acre of corn and soybeans grown in the United States.
The active ingredient, glyphosate was commercialized by Monsanto in 1974. It works by specifically inhibiting an enzyme that is essential to plant growth and life.
Products That Contain Glyphosate
- Roundup Ultra®, Roundup Pro®, Accord®, Honcho®, Pondmaster®, Protocol®, Rascal®, Expedite®, Ranger®, Bronco®, Campain®, Landmaster®, and Fallow Master® by Monsanto
- Glyphomax®, Glypro®, Rodeo® by Dow AgroSciences
- Glyphosate herbicide by Du Pont
- Silhouette® by Cenex/Land O’Lakes
- Rattler® by Helena
- MirageR® by Platte
- JuryR® by Riverside/Terra
- Touchdown® by Zeneca
- And more
Boom in Popularity Linked to GMO Crops
The popularity of Roundup exploded in the mid-1990s, when Monsanto started selling genetically-modified (GMO) corn, soy, and cotton seeds that were engineered to resist its active ingredient, glyphosate. Today, glyphosate products are used on over half of American croplands and generate $6 billion in revenue for Monsanto every year.
Does Roundup Cause Cancer?
In the 1980s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned that glyphosate might cause cancer. In 1991, the EPA reversed its decision and said there was a lack of “convincing carcinogenicity evidence.” However, in the last two decades, evidence linking Roundup and cancer has grown considerably.
World Health Organization: Roundup “Probably Carcinogenic in Humans”
In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, declared the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) as “probably carcinogenic for humans.”
The warning was based on “convincing evidence” that glyphosate causes cancer in laboratory animals. In humans, there is “limited evidence” linking Roundup and cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and DNA/chromosomal damage.
Studies Link Roundup and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
The following studies of occupational glyphosate exposure in the United States, Canada, and Sweden found increased rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that persisted after adjustment for other pesticides:
- International Journal of Cancer (October 2008): Swedish study concluded that exposure to glyphosate doubled the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma within less than 10 years.
- Occupational and Environmental Medicine (September 2003): American study of over 3,400 farmworkers in the midwest found higher rates of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma associated with glyphosate exposure.
- Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers (November 2001): Canadian study found a dose-response relationship between glyphosate exposure and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
What is Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) is a cancer that can start nearly anywhere in the body. It is a blood cancer that grows in lymphocytes, which are white blood cells in the immune system that help the body fight diseases. For more information:
- What is non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
- What causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
- What are the symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
- How is non-Hodgkin lymphoma treated?
Other Studies Linking Roundup and Cancer
In another study from 2009, farm workers in four coffee-growing regions in Columbia had “increases in blood markers of chromosomal damage” after spraying of glyphosate compared to non-exposed workers who grew organic coffee.
The review also highlighted studies linking glyphosate and cancer in animals. Two studies involving male mice who were exposed to glyphosate reported higher rates of cancer, including renal tubule carcinoma and haemangiosarcoma — a rapidly-growing, highly-invasive sarcoma in the lining of the blood vessels.
Is Roundup In My Food?
You may be eating tiny amounts of Roundup on a daily basis, but health officials do not normally test your food for contamination. It was not until February 2016 that the FDA said it would start testing for Roundup residue in food.
Every year, the USDA tests thousands of samples of food for hundreds of different pesticides, but not glyphosate. Only in one year, 2011, did the agency test for glyphosate. Out of 300 soybean samples, 271 had residues of glyphosate between 0.26 to 18.5 ppm, below the EPA-set tolerance of 20-ppm.
U.S. Honey Tests Positive for Roundup
In January 2016, FDA researchers tested about 10 samples of American honey. All of them tested positive for glyphosate, and some had twice the legal limit of 50 parts per billion (ppb) set in the European Union (EU). The problem is that bees are visiting fields that have been sprayed and carrying Roundup back to their hives.
Roundup Class Action Lawsuit
In April 2015, a Roundup class action lawsuit (Case No: BC 578 942) was filed in Los Angeles County, California. Monsanto is accused of false advertising for claiming that Roundup is harmless to human health because “glyphosate targets an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” According to the complaint (PDF):
“The truth is, Roundup targets enzymes found in both plants AND people — specifically in our gut bacteria — which are vulnerable to potent pesticides like Roundup. Monsanto’s claim — that Roundup targets enzymes ‘not found in people’ — is objectively false and inherently misleading.”
Do I have a Roundup Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Roundup induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with cancer or non-Hodgkin lymphoma, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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