Ohio Product Liability Attorney and Cincinnati Roundup Lawyer Reviewing Toxic Exposure, leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer lawsuits for plaintiffs nationwide
It is terrifying when you realize that for many years you have been using a product that is now known to cause cancer. But that is the case for thousands of groundskeepers, gardeners, landscapers and others using Roundup for residential or commercial purposes.
Attorneys and plaintiffs involved in Roundup Exposure cancer lawsuits say Monsanto was aware of serious health risks surrounding their Roundup product many years before consumer safety lawyers and scientists began asking questions. The company is now under immense legal pressure, though still contends Roundup is safe for use, if used properly.
Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Roundup Lawyer and Toxic Tort Lawyer taking Glyphosate exposure cancer lawsuits nationwide. If you have been diagnosed with leukemia or non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using Roundup, you may have a valuable case.
Glyphosate is the primary and active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and is the most-used herbicide in the world. Roundup is sprayed onto plants, absorbs through the leaves into the sap stream and inhibits EPSP synthase, a key component of protein synthesis.
Most plants contain EPSP synthase which makes Roundup an extremely effective herbicide. While Roundup is commonly used for residential and garden weed-management it is primarily used in agribusiness and experts estimate that total glyphosate use exceeds 1.4 billion pounds a year.
When glyphosate was first sold in 1974 it was only applied to weeds. In 1996 Monsanto developed their first Roundup Ready seeds which are injected with a bacterium that essentially immunizes against glyphosate.
This led to a drastic increase in glyphosate usage. Farmers using Roundup ready seeds could apply roundup to their entire field and often treat their fields before planting, during growth and 1-2 weeks before harvesting.
In the U.S alone use shot up from 85-90 million pounds of glyphosate in 2001 to 180-185 million pounds in 2007. Some experts claim that Roundup Ready crops are responsible for an increase in global herbicide use to the tune of 383 million tons. Perhaps that helps to explain the increased concentration of glyphosate found in food, feminine hygiene products, waterways, and even human urine.
The EPA only requires herbicide companies to disclose the active ingredient of their products in order to maintain the secrecy of proprietary recipes. This is a crucial factor of the carcinogenicity debate. Glyphosate has been studied at length and with mixed results, though the EPA and European regulatory agencies have approved it in the past.
We know that glyphosate is combined with an alkali, creating a salt, and that other chemicals, such as surfactants, are used to increase glyphosate absorption and cell-penetration.
When the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released their monograph summary they reviewed the effects of glyphosate and common chemical compounds which contain glyphosate, such as those found in products like Roundup and found that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic.”
The European Food and Safety Commission reviewed that report and challenged the findings, “The substance is unlikely to be genotoxic (i.e. damaging to DNA) or to pose a carcinogenic threat to humans.” However, the EFSA admitted that their study only observed the effects of glyphosate, not glyphosate compounds.
Plaintiffs filing Roundup exposure cancer lawsuits have had success in the courts recently. Huge settlements have gone in the favor of cancer patients. But, the science surrounding Roundup exposure and cancer is somewhat complicated. Industry sponsored studies often indicate that there are few, or few harmful effects of Roundup exposure.
However, a growing body of literature indicates that exposure to Roundup may lead to leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and an increased risk for numerous health problems.
To further complicate matters, many of the scientific bodies that research and asses the risks of Roundup exposure are also responsible for regulation which subjects them to immense industry pressure.
Recently, a study on glyphosate exposure concluded that there is link between toxic Roundup exposure and the development of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. The researchers wrote the risks could increase by as much as 41 percent with heavy exposure.
The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) monograph on glyphosate is the leading research on the issue. The full monograph is due out in 2016. It’s findings, that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic”, are based on kidney, pancreatic, and other tumors in glyphosate treated animals, epidemiology studies in farmers, and shows that glyphosate damages DNA and chromosomes.
The European Food Safety Administration report responded to the IARC, and argues that there is not sufficient evidence to determine that glyphosate causes leukemia or non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer. However, the EFSA only reports on glyphosate, not glyphosate compounds. Combined with chemical additives, like in Roundup, the IARC found that glyphosate is carcinogenic. Scientists have also linked glyphosate and Roundup exposure to:
1974 EPA approves Monsanto’s patent for use in US
1983 Industrial Bio-test Industries, the company responsible for Monsanto’s safety-testing, indicted for fraud – only 16% of tests on pesticides were valid.
1985 EPA lists Roundup as Group C, a “Possible Human Carcinogen”
1991 EPA lists Roundup as Group E, a non-carcinogen
1994 WHO claims minimal toxicity
1996 EPA approves Roundup Ready Soybeans
2001 EU Re-registers glyphosate approval
2009 EPA begins re-registering glyphosate
2015 IARC review finds that glyphosate is probable carcinogen
2015 EPA confirms future glyphosate restrictions
2015 EFSA disputes IARC finding
September, 2015 California intends to list glyphosate as carcinogenic
March, 2016 EU delays re-registration of glyphosate
March, 2016 FDA to begin testing food for glyphosate
After decades of promoting Roundup as a “non-toxic” and “safe” product, product liability and consumer safety lawsuits are being filed by the thousands. Bayer, the company responsible for Monsanto’s product, may be settling cases for billions of dollars.
Currently: Thousands of Roundup toxic exposure and cancer injury lawsuits have been filed against Bayer and Monsanto, alleging the company failed to warn consumers of the serious health risks their product presents. Contact a Cincinnati Roundup Lawyer if you have been exposed to Roundup and have developed leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer or another serious illness.
Settlements are likely in the coming months, and you may be able to recover rightful compensation to help pay for your medical costs and pain and suffering.
The Lyon Firm represents clients in Cincinnati and throughout Ohio in toxic exposure lawsuits. Any person who has used Roundup regularly and has developed leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma may have a case worth fighting for.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with leukemia or non-Hodgkin lymphoma and have been exposed to Roundup, we can answer questions about the root cause and the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio. Contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, a Cincinnati Roundup Lawyer, and he will help you answer critical questions regarding glyphosate exposure cancer lawsuits.