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California City Latest to Ban Roundup, Glyphosate Over Lymphoma Concerns

May 6, 2019 – Watsonville, California, joins a growing list of cities across the U.S. that have banned the use of Roundup weed killer and its active ingredient glyphosate, a chemical contained in dozens of widely-used herbicides, over concerns that the products may increase the risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other types of cancer.

Watsonville banned glyphosate from use on city-owned land in a unanimous City Council vote on April 23, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. The ban is to take effect on July 1.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after using or being exposed to Roundup weed killer or other glyphosate herbicide, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

Concerns that glyphosate may have the potential to cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other types of cancer have been mounting for years, with allegations coming to a head in the form of more than 10,000 lawsuits filed against Bayer AG, which purchased the Monsanto Company last August for about $63 billion.

A peer-reviewed study published in October by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found trace amounts of glyphosate in at least 28 cereals and other foods marketed toward younger consumers. All but 2 of the 28 samples had levels of glyphosate above EWG’s own benchmark of 160 parts per billion (ppb). Foods tested included 10 samples of different types of General Mills’ Cheerios and 18 samples of different Quaker brand products, including instant oatmeal, breakfast cereal and snack bars.

In addition to the new moratorium in Watsonville, the use of Roundup and other glyphosate-based weed killers has already been banned or heavily restricted in more than 25 California cities, counties and school districts, including:

  • Arcata
  • Belvedere
  • Benicia
  • Berkeley
  • Burbank
  • Carlsbad
  • Corte Madera
  • Davis
  • Encinitas
  • Fairfax
  • Fresno
  • Irvine
  • Lodi
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles County
  • Mill Valley
  • Novato
  • Oakland
  • Palo Alto
  • Petaluma
  • Richmond
  • San Anselmo
  • San Francisco
  • San Lorenzo Valley
  • Santa Rosa
  • Sonoma
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Woodland

Los Angeles County became the largest California government to ban glyphosate in March, issuing a moratorium on the herbicide and citing the need for additional studies to be conducted into the potential health risks posed by the chemical.

Watsonville Mayor Francisco Estrada acknowledged the decision to ban glyphosate outright could complicate maintenance, but said it was a necessary step to put public health concerns first.

“I think that this was something that was within our reach and something I could participate in to make a positive change,” Estrada said. “Will there be a cost, yes, will there be consequences, yes. I’m ready for the consequences.”

Do I have a Roundup Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Roundup lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lymphoma cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you got cancer and feel that Roundup may be the cause, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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