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Many cases have been filed against Roundup in the past 10 years due to the dangerous active ingredient glyphosate, which has been tied to cancer and other serious health issues.
This article will cover whether the company still uses glyphosate in Roundup in 2022 and what side effects this chemical can induce.
If you suffered consequences from Roundup and want a recognized law firm like Schmidt & Clark, LLP, to represent you, keep reading below.
- Roundup products still contain at least 41% of glyphosate.
- Roundup is more harmful than glyphosate as its formulation causes more severe health problems and side effects compared to glyphosate alone.
- The most dangerous glyphosate formulant is POEA, which is responsible for human cancer development.
Does Roundup Still Contain Glyphosate?
Yes, Roundup still contains glyphosate. Its primary manufacturer, Bayer, still uses glyphosate in Roundup despite facing more than 30,000 legal claims in the last couple of years.
In addition, most Roundup products contain at least 41% of glyphosate as their active ingredient. These levels of glyphosate concentration can cause many health issues .
Bayer, a German pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, is the primary manufacturer of Roundup. The company that created the first Roundup formulation was Monsanto. However, in 2018, they were bought out by Bayer, and since then, the production of Roundup has been primarily handled by Bayer.
The company faced legal claims as glyphosate exposure has been tied to various forms of cancer and severe side effects.
Are Glyphosate and Roundup the Same?
No, glyphosate and Roundup are not the same. Roundup is a product containing glyphosate, while glyphosate is a chemical compound.
Originally, glyphosate was used on its own to kill weeds and grasses. However, this non-selective herbicide kills everything it is sprayed on and leaves herbicide residues in the soil .
Roundup is the first glyphosate-based weed killer created in an attempt to avoid these drawbacks. It works as a more selective herbicide than glyphosate alone, contaminating the soil less and not damaging all the weeds around.
However, even though Roundup is better for controlling plants than glyphosate alone, it is still extremely dangerous to humans.
What Percentage of Glyphosate Is in Roundup?
The percentage of glyphosate in Roundup is 41%. However, glyphosate products like Roundup QuickPro contain up to 73.3% of glyphosate.
This percentage of glyphosate in Roundup (41%) has been shown to cause short-term side effects like:
- Skin irritation
- Eye irritation
- Throat/nose irritation
- Burns in the throat/mouth
Some of the ways to get in contact with glyphosate herbicides are by touching, swallowing, or inhaling the chemical .
However, if you expose yourself to bigger concentrations of glyphosate, you may experience more serious health issues related to chemical poisoning.
Is Roundup Worse Than Glyphosate?
Yes, Roundup is worse than glyphosate. Roundup formulations have been shown to cause worse side effects and health problems than glyphosate alone.
Roundup is environmentally better than pure glyphosate products for weed control and killing genetically modified crops.
However, recent studies have shown that Roundup is significantly more toxic to humans than glyphosate . This is the main reason why studies showing the safety of isolated glyphosate shouldn't be trusted, along with a corresponding risk assessment.
Glyphosate Side Effects
The severity of side effects is based on how individuals were exposed to the glyphosate-based herbicide. In addition, the duration of exposure plays a significant role.
Some of the more serious side effects are:
- Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
- B-cell lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Kidney cancer
- Bone cancer
- Pancreatic islet cell tumors
- Skin tumors
The primary reason the weed killer glyphosate is bad for health is its content of formulants. The most dangerous formulant is POEA, a petroleum-based oxidized molecule.
In one of the studies, scientists concluded that exposing human cells to the components of glyphosate formulations is toxic and bad for human health . Also, in the same study, scientists identified heavy metals such as chromium, arsenic, and cobalt, which are known to be toxic to humans and their endocrine system.
Does Glyphosate Cause Cancer?
Glyphosate likely causes cancer. This is because exposing yourself to glyphosate-based herbicides or glyphosate residues increases the risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and The European Food Safety Authority agree that there is no sufficient evidence to support the claim that glyphosate residues cause cancer in humans. Also, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) approved glyphosate use until 15 December 2022.
However, The World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer disagrees.
In 2015, they stated that glyphosate is probably a human carcinogen. In 2019, researchers from The University of Washington concluded that glyphosate use increases the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by more than 40% .
Reason for the Recall
The main reason to initiate a glyphosate recall is that it is bad for human health and linked to cancer.
One of the most popular weed killers, Roundup, contains large percentages of glyphosate.
Roundup and glyphosate have been linked to cancer types such as:
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)
- Multiple myeloma
Over a thousand Roundup lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, a German pharmaceutical and biotechnology company. Lawsuits against Bayer tried to prove a connection between the exposure of Roundup and the development of the NHL.
In addition, a large corpus of studies in the last 8 years has shown that high exposure to glyphosate increases the risk of developing different forms of cancer.
What Is the Burden of Proof During a Roundup Claim?
If you are experiencing health problems because of the glyphosate in Roundup, you may have grounds for a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturing company.
Glyphosate may be responsible for your illness or a loved one's death due to the failure to warn customers of a known risk.
To hold a Roundup company liable for your damages, you must gather sufficient evidence to prove three key elements:
- You will need to prove that the product you used contained a defect. This can be a defect in its makeup, design, manufacture, distribution, or marketing. Roundup might be dangerous if the company fails to place proper warnings on the product's container. Therefore, any of the chemical's potential effects must be visible.
- You must prove that the defective drug, in this case, Roundup, is the main cause of your injury or illness. Your attorney must establish a causal link between the defective medication and the health complication in question. Essentially, you must gather all documents that prove Roundup is the main cause of your illness.
- Finally, you must prove that you suffered damages from using Roundup. You must have proof of compensable damages related to the product, such as bills or wrongful death. Your attorney can inform you of the damages you may qualify for and help gather the necessary evidence to prove them.
The average settlement for a glyphosate lawsuit is anywhere between $5,000 and $250,000 in compensation.
However, every lawsuit is different. The severity of related illnesses heavily influences the compensation rate, and the extent of the exposure also plays a major factor.
Which Roundup Products Contain Glyphosate?
Roundup products that contain glyphosate are Bronco, Expedite, Aquamaster, Campaign, Fallow Master, Honcho, Landmaster, and Pondmaster.
Which Roundup Has the Most Glyphosate?
The Roundup that has the most glyphosate is Roundup QuickPro. Roundup QuickPro contains 73.3% of glyphosate.
What Is a Natural Alternative to Roundup?
A natural alternative to Roundup is vinegar, salt, and dish soap.
Do You Have a Roundup Claim?
To this day, Roundup manufacturers like Bayer still use glyphosate in Roundup. Most Roundup products contain at least 41% of glyphosate.
This amount of glyphosate in Roundup can cause serious health problems or side effects.
If you have experienced any health problems related to Roundup use, there is still time to file a Roundup claim, provided the case meets the criteria.
In addition, if you have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or chronic lymphocytic leukemia after exposure to Roundup, book a free lawsuit evaluation with our Roundup Lawyers/Attorneys.