Recent studies have linked Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a deadly form of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system. In March 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report stating that Roundup is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with any form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using or being exposed to Roundup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against Monsanto and our lawyers can help.
Update: Roundup Labels to Carry Cancer Warning in California
June 27, 2017 – Glyphosate will be added to California’s list of known human carcinogens effective July 7, according to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA). The designation of glyphosate under Proposition 65 will proceed following an unsuccessful attempt by Monsanto to block the listing in trial court and after requests for stay were denied by a state appellate court and California’s Supreme Court.
What is Roundup?
Roundup is a herbicide used to control many varieties of invasive exotic plants. Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Roundup, inhibits a specific enzyme called EPSP synthase, which plants need to grow1. Without EPSP synthase, plants are unable to produce other proteins essential to growth, so they wither and die over a period of days or weeks. Since most plants require EPSP synthase, almost all forms of vegetation succumb to Roundup.
Use of glyphosate has soared in recent years due to Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops, which account for most corn and soybeans now grown in the U.S. These crops are genetically modified (GMO) to be resistant to glyphosate, allowing farmers to spray their fields without damaging the crops.
Monsanto’s History of Deception
From 1996 to 2011, the use of Roundup Ready GMO crops increased herbicide use in the U.S. by 527 million pounds — even though Monsanto claimed its GMO products would reduce pesticide and herbicide use.2 Monsanto has continually falsified data on Roundup’s safety, and marketed the herbicide as “environmentally friendly” and “biodegradable,” to promote sales, according to EcoWatch. In January 2007, a French court ruled that these claims amounted to false advertising.3
Roundup ‘Probably’ Causes Cancer: Report
In 1985, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) committee found that Roundup may cause cancer, according to the New York Times 4. Six years later, the agency reversed itself after re-evaluating the study that it had based its original conclusion on.
Now the issue is back again. In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is the cancer research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), issued a report published in The Lancet Oncology which declared that the glyphosate contained in Roundup “probably” causes cancer in humans.5
“All three lines of evidence sort of said the same thing, which is we ought to be concerned about this,” said Aaron Blair, a retired epidemiologist from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and chairman of the group of 17 reviewers who unanimously agreed with the classification.
Monsanto Still Trying to Cover Up Deadly Risks of Roundup: Ring of Fire Video
Types of Cancer Linked to Roundup
Our lawyers are accepting potential lawsuits for people who developed the following forms of cancer after using or being exposed to Roundup weed killer:
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Large Diffuse B-cell Lymphoma
- Follicular Lymphoma
- Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
- Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
- Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)
- Primary Central Nervous System (CNS) Lymphoma
Regulators to Consider Tighter Restrictions on Glyphosate Use
Whether or not the WHO report affects sales of Roundup depends on if regulators decide to impose tighter restrictions on glyphosate use. A spokesman for the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said it was evaluating whether glyphosate-containing products may have to be re-labeled as posing a cancer hazard under Proposition 65, according to the Times.
EPA to Re-evaluate Herbicide Toxicity
Some consumer and environmental groups have called on the EPA to strengthen the labeling of genetically modified foods, and to re-evaluate the safety of glyphosate and a newer weed killer made by Dow Chemical that combines glyphosate and another herbicide, 2,4-D. EPA said it would consider the findings of the new report in its own review of glyphosate; however, the agency continues to maintain its classification for the chemical as having “evidence of noncarcinogenicity for humans” since 1991, according to the Times.
Working to Limit Roundup Use Over Health Concerns
In April 2013, a study published in the journal Entropy 6 looked at glyphosate’s ability to interfere with normal bodily functions. The authors state “[Glyphosate’s] negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time as inflammation damages cellular systems throughout the body.”
Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and co-author of the study, highlighted the need for additional research into the potential health effects of Roundup, stating that the team’s research has “hit upon something very important that needs to be taken seriously and further investigated.”
Danish Authority Reclassifies Roundup as Cancer-Causing Substance
Roundup weed killer is now listed as a carcinogen by Denmark’s Working Environment Authority (WEA), according to the Institute of Science in Society. The updated classification comes in response to the March 2015 WHO report that linked glyphosate to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that has been increasingly diagnosed in Denmark in recent years. Click here to learn more.
Monsanto Sued for Mislabeling Roundup
June 22, 2017 – A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Wisconsin federal court alleges that Monsanto falsely and misleading promoted Roundup as targeting an enzyme that is not found in humans or pets. The complaint is unique in that it focuses on the promotion, marketing and sale of Roundup, rather than physical injuries alleged from the herbicide. Scotts Miracle-Gro Co, which also markets Roundup products, is named as a co-defendant in the case.
Glyphosate Vs. Dicamba
Even more toxic than glyphosate is dicamba, a new herbicide designed for use on Monsanto’s next generation of biotech crops. According to the Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) at Cornell University, dicamba is toxic by ingestion, inhalation and dermal exposure. Signs and symptoms of dicamba toxicity include:
- Loss of appetite (anorexia)
- Muscle weakness
- Slowed heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Central nervous system effects (victim may become excited or depressed)
- Benzoic acid in the urine
- Cyanosis (bluing of the skin and gums)
- Exhaustion following repeated muscle spasms
Roundup ‘Misleading’ Labeling Lawsuit
April 13, 2017 – A lawsuit has been filed against Monsanto by a pair of nonprofit organizations who claim the company is misleading the public by claiming that Roundup targets an enzyme found in plants, but not in people or pets. The complaint was filed jointly by Beyond Pesticides and Organic Consumers Association (OCA) on behalf of the general public in Washington D.C. under the District of Columbia’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act.
40 Californians File Roundup Cancer Lawsuit
April 5, 2017 – Forty California residents have filed a products liability lawsuit against the Monsanto Company alleging that Roundup weedkiller caused them to develop “non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other cancers, other permanent defects and permanent bodily impairments.” The complaint, filed last month in Alameda Superior Court, alleges that Monsanto claims Roundup is safe to use and poses no unreasonable health risk to humans or the environment.
EPA Official Accused of Working with Monsanto to Hide Roundup / Cancer Link
March 20, 2017 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official who was in charge of evaluating the cancer risk with Roundup weed killer allegedly bragged to a Monsanto executive that he “deserved a medal” if he could kill an investigation into glyphosate. The boast was allegedly made in April 2015 by Jess Rowland, a former manager of EPA’s pesticide division who has become a central figure in more than 20 Roundup lawsuits filed against Monsanto.
Study Links Glyphosate to Autism
March 8, 2017 – A new study looked at elevated levels of glyphosate in a set of triplets, two of whom had autism. After the children’s diet was changed to include organic foods only, their glyphosate levels dropped sharply and their functioning improved significantly. In addition to linking glyphosate with autism, the study demonstrated a potential mechanism by which the herbicide may cause brain damage, as people are exposed to high amounts of glyphosate when they eat genetically modified foods which are engineered to resist it.
Plaintiffs Lawyers Accuse EPA of Colluding with Monsanto in Downplaying Roundup Cancer Risk
February 18, 2017 – A new court filing made on behalf of plaintiffs in Roundup cancer lawsuits alleges that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tried to protect Monsanto’s interests and unfairly aided the agrichemical industry. The filing includes correspondences from a longtime EPA scientist who accuses Jess Rowland, former head of the agency’s cancer assessment on glyphosate, of playing “your political conniving games with the science” to favor pesticide manufacturers like Monsanto.
Judge Says Roundup Labels May Carry Cancer Warning in California
January 30, 2017 – Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan has ruled that state health officials can require Monsanto to include a cancer warning on Roundup labels. If California carries out the proposal, it would be the first state in the U.S. to require such strict labeling for the widely-used herbicide. Judge Kapetan still must issue a formal decision, which she said would come soon.
Roundup Linked to Liver Disease, Study Finds
January 10, 2017 – Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in laboratory rats at very low doses, according to a study published Monday in Scientific Reports. The study is unique in that it is the first to show a causative link between the consumption of Roundup and a serious disease, according to the researchers.
EPA Panel to Investigate Roundup Cancer Link
December 13, 2016 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is holding a three-day series of meetings this week dedicated to examining evidence linking Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller to cancer, according to The Hill. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act Scientific Advisory Panel (FIFRA) will meet first on Tuesday to review a set of scientific issues regarding EPA’s evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate. The goal of the meetings is to determine how the agency should interpret relevant data and how this information should translate into a “carcinogen risk” classification for glyphosate.
Glyphosate Found in Oatmeal, Baby Food
October 3, 2016 – FDA tests (PDF) have confirmed the presence of glyphosate in a variety of oat products, including plain and flavored oat cereals for babies. Glyphosate levels ranged from nothing detected in several different organic oat products to 1.67 parts per million (PPM), according to the FDA.
Glyphosate Restrictions go into Effect in EU
- There is a ban of a co-formulant called polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA) from glyphosate-containing products;
- Greater scrutiny will be placed on the pre-harvest use of glyphosate, and
- Reduction of the chemical’s use in specific areas such as public parks, playgrounds and sports grounds.
Illinois Woman Alleges Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma from Roundup
July 28, 2016 – A woman from Madison, Illinois, has filed a product liability lawsuit against Monsanto alleging that Roundup caused her to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. According to the complaint, Plaintiff Lynda K. Patterson used the weed killer on her garden and landscape for about 10 years before being diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma on August 12, 2014. Patterson holds Monsanto responsible for failing to adequately warn of the potential health risks of Roundup.
Glyphosate Linked to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS, Study Finds
July 19, 2016 – A new study has found that glyphosate alters DNA function, increasing the risk for a number of serious, potentially life-threatening diseases. According to the researchers, glyphosate acts as a glycine analogue that incorporates into peptides during protein synthesis. When this occurs, the herbicide changes proteins that depend on conserved glycine to function, increasing the risk of:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Other serious diseases
Glyphosate Approved in Europe Despite Cancer Fears
June 30, 2016 – A European Commission has extended approval of glyphosate through 2017 after EU member states failed to either approve or ban the chemical, according to EcoWatch. The 18-month extension will allow the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to further investigate the herbicide’s safety; however, because the commission initially proposed to extend glyphosate for another 15 years but has now reduced it to a temporary approval underscores the uncertain fate of glyphosate in Europe.
Scientists Urge EPA to Ban Glyphosate
June 17, 2016 – A delegation of independent scientists have urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban Roundup in the U.S., according to the Huffington Post. The scientists spoke with EPA officials this week in a closed meeting at the O’Neill House Office Building in Washington, D.C., laying out the physiological reasons why exposure to glyphosate can increase the risk of autism, Alzheimer’s, cancer, birth defects, obesity and other serious health problems.
EU Rejects Extension on Glyphosate
June 6, 2016 – European Union (EU) representatives in Brussels today failed to pass a temporary re-authorization of glyphosate to allow for completion of a safety assessment currently underway by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), according to Reuters. If the commission fails to reauthorize the herbicide’s use by June 30, it will be illegal to use throughout the EU, and all products containing glyphosate would be removed from the European market within 6 months.
Roundup Cancer Lawsuit Filed in Nebraska
May 16, 2016 – Four Nebraska farmers who allegedly developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma after using Roundup for years have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto. The farmers claim Monsanto mislabeled the herbicide despite the “body of recognized scientific evidence linking the disease to exposure to Roundup.” Plaintiffs are seeking punitive damages for defective design, failure to warn, negligence and breach of warranty.
Lawsuit Alleges Roundup Caused Cancer in Farm Worker
A former California field worker has filed a federal lawsuit against Monsanto alleging that Roundup caused her to develop cancer after exposure to the herbicide. Plaintiff Enrique Rubio sprayed Roundup on crops in California, Oregon and Texas from 1986 to 1995, and was subsequently diagnosed with bone cancer at 38 years old. Click here to learn more.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Monsanto in California
May 9, 2016 – The widow of a California farmer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit (PDF) against Monsanto alleging that it knowingly downplayed the cancer risk with Roundup. According to the complaint, Jack McCall was admitted to a hospital with swollen lymph nodes in his neck in September 2015. His doctor informed him that he had anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare and aggressive form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Three months after his diagnosis, while undergoing treatment on Christmas Eve 2015, McCall had a massive stroke and died 2 days later.
Lawmakers Pressure EPA Over Glyphosate Safety Report
May 13, 2016 – The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking why it released and then quickly withdrew documents concerning its review of glyphosate, according to Reuters.
“We are troubled that EPA mistakenly posted and later removed documents related to assessments of two different chemicals within one week,” the letter said. “These mistakes indicate systemic problems with EPA’s management of its chemical review and publication processes.”
EPA Pulls Report Saying Glyphosate is Safe
May 5, 2016 – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it accidentally released an 87-page report which concluded that glyphosate is “not likely” to cause cancer in humans, according to the Des Moines Register. The revoked documents are from a report by the EPA’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee (PDF) which says “epidemiological studies in humans showed no association between glyphosate exposure” and 15 types of cancers. EPA said it doesn’t expect to finish its review of glyphosate until later this year.
Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Glyphosate in Quaker Oats
May 2, 2016 – Quaker Oats is being sued for $5 million by a New York man who alleges the company uses glyphosate — the active ingredient contained in Roundup weed killer — during production, according to the New York Post. The class action was filed by Lewis Daly, a Brooklyn resident who claims Quaker Oats’ advertising is “false, deceptive and misleading.” Daly says the carcinogenic substance glyphosate is used to grow the oats and sprayed on them during harvest, undermining the company’s claims that its products are “100 per cent Natural.”
Glyphosate Found in Many Breakfast Foods, Study Finds
April 20, 2016 – A report issued today by the Alliance for Natural Health USA (ANH-USA) has found detectable levels of glyphosate in 10 out of 24 breakfast food items including organic foods such as eggs which are marketed as being “organic, cage-free, antibiotic-free;” and in organic bagels and bread. ANH said the test results indicate that glyphosate is entering the food supply in a number of ways, including being sprayed on crops like wheat to help speed the crop to harvest, and through genetically engineered livestock feed that builds up in poultry and other farm animals. “Americans are consuming glyphosate in common foods on a daily basis,” the group said.
Judge Rejects Monsanto’s Request to Dismiss Roundup Cancer Lawsuit
April 13, 2016 – A California judge has refused to toss a federal lawsuit (3:16-cv-00525) filed against Monsanto by a man who claims his cancer was caused by Roundup, rejecting the company’s arguments that his claims are preempted by the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The suit was filed on behalf of Plaintiff Edward Hardeman, who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup for years.
“In this light, it’s hard to see how Hardeman’s failure-to-warn claims could ‘be construed more broadly than’ FIFRA,” said U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria. “Indeed, Hardeman’s complaint explicitly bases his California-law failure-to-warn claims on Monsanto’s alleged violation of FIFRA.”
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Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed lymphoma after using or being exposed to Roundup, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.