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Weed killers that contain high percentages of non-selective herbicides, such as glyphosate, are very effective in preventing any plant from growing. 

However, even though glyphosate is highly effective in killing annoying weeds, it causes many side effects and potential health problems.

Many people have faced severe health problems when exposed to a weed killer like Roundup, which contains high percentages of glyphosate.

If you suffered consequences from Roundup and want a recognized law firm like Schmidt & Clark, LLP, to represent you, keep reading below.

Quick Summary

  • Roundup QuickPro is the glyphosate-based product with the highest concentration of glyphosate.
  • Professionals tend to use Roundup Tough Weed Killer to kill tough and deep-rooted weeds.
  • Glyphosate alternatives include diquat, pelargonic acid, glufosinate, and natural weed killers like vinegar and botanical oils.
  • Studies suggest that glyphosate exposure is tightly linked to the development of different forms of cancer.

What Weed Killer Has the Highest Concentration of Glyphosate?

A gardener pointing to weed killer with glyphosateThe weed killer that has the highest concentration of glyphosate is Roundup QuickPro. This herbicide has up to 73.3% of glyphosate. 

Glyphosate is a non-selective and broad-spectrum herbicide used in agriculture to kill annual broadleaf weeds and grasses.

Extreme care is recommended when using this product or any natural weed killer with high glyphosate percentages.

This is because weed killers like glyphosate are dangerous for humans, and extreme exposure will lead to many health problems and side effects. We will cover those shortly. 

Now that we established that, let’s go over the strongest weed killers with the most glyphosate for weed control or prevention of weed growth.

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Roundup QuickPro – Highest Concentration

Roundup QuickPro is one of the strongest weed killers on the market containing 73.3% of glyphosate in the form of an ammonium salt. This level of glyphosate in the product is very dangerous if not used correctly. 

Many people who use a potent weed killer like Roundup QuickPro experience side effects such as skin irritation, eye irritation, and even leukemia. 

Ranger Pro Herbicide – Strongest Concentrate

Ranger Pro Herbicide logo with a weeds in the backgroundRanger Pro has the strongest concentrate on the market, with 41% of glyphosate. 

This percentage of glyphosate may not seem much compared to the previous weed killer; however, concentrates are more dangerous than powders.

This leads to many people experiencing throat/nose irritation, burns in the throat/mouth, increased saliva, and even non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

If you have experienced such problems, navigate to the last section of the article to learn more about the average settlement for such side effects.

Killzall Weed and Grass Killer

Killzall Weed and Grass killers are one of the most efficient weed killers containing 41% of glyphosate. However, even though it is one of the best weed killers, it is still very dangerous to humans. 

Exposing yourself to a product like Killzall Weed and Grass Killer can result in many side effects, such as nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. 

What Weed Killer Do Professionals Use?

A scientist researching weed killers

The weed killer that professionals use is Roundup Tough Weed Killer. Its ingredients, like bensulide, trifluralin, and dichlobenil are the most effective for killing tough and deep-rooted weeds.

Not all weed killers are created equally. That’s why professionals prefer to use any weed killer containing the following harsh chemicals to control weeds:

  • Bensulide
  • Trifluralin
  • Dichlobenil
  • Dimethyl tetrachloroterephthalate
  • Simazine
  • Oryzalin

These chemicals, or active compounds, are the best for killing tough weeds and grass before they germinate [1]. 

However, professionals who apply a product like Roundup to kill weeds are also exposed to the dangerous side of its ingredients. These chemical compounds and glyphosate have been shown to be detrimental to human health.

What Is the Difference Between Roundup and Glyphosate?

A scientist listing down the difference between Roundup and GlyphosateThe difference between Roundup and glyphosate is that Roundup is a product that contains glyphosate, while glyphosate is a chemical compound.

Monsanto, a Missouri-based company, originally developed Roundup. In 2018, Bayer acquired Monsanto and, therefore, inherited Roundup. So, Roundup is the first glyphosate-based weed killer, which is why people refer to them as the same thing.

That being said, both glyphosate and Roundup are used in agricultural industries to kill weeds. 

However, using glyphosate without adding any chemicals kills everything it is sprayed on [2]. This is what the term non-selective herbicide means. 

That’s why glyphosate is mixed with other chemicals to specifically destroy plants and not everything else around them.

What Is Glyphosate Being Replaced With?

Glyphosate is being replaced with non-selective herbicides such as pelargonic acid, diquat, glufosinate, and natural weed killers like botanical oils and vinegar.

All these alternative herbicides and selective weed killers have a contact-type activity, meaning they don’t translocate to the plant’s roots of existing weeds [3]. Each can control seedling annual broadleaf weeds if the labeled dose is properly applied. 

In addition, it is essential to mention that none of these products has a residual activity in soils. This is important since glyphosate is not a selective weed killer, meaning its chemicals remain in the ground, further contaminating our food, not simply eliminating weeds. 

Glyphosate Side Effects

A researcher studying glyphosate side effects

Some of the ways to get in contact with glyphosate are by touching, swallowing, or inhaling the chemical [4].

Short-term side effects of glyphosate and pesticide residues are:

  • Skin irritation
  • Eye irritation
  • Throat/nose irritation
  • Burns in the throat/mouth
  • Increased saliva
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

The severity of side effects is based on how individuals were exposed to the chemical. Also, the duration of exposure plays a significant role too. 

Some of the more serious side effects are:

  • Leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • B-cell lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bone cancer
  • Pancreatic islet cell tumors
  • Skin tumors

The primary reason glyphosate is bad for human 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 [5].

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. 

See all related toxic tort lawsuits our lawyers covered so far.

Does Glyphosate Cause Cancer?

A scientist researching glyphosate and cancerGlyphosate 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, the 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 a weed killer like 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% [6]

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:

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?

A lawyer using a laptop while taking down notes on 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Average Settlement

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.

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FAQs

What Is the Strongest Weed Killer on the Market?

The strongest weed killer on the market is Roundup QuickPro. It contains as much as 73.3% of glyphosate in the form of an ammonium salt.

What Brands Contain Glyphosate?

Brands that contain glyphosate are Roundup, Herbicide, Rodeo Aquatic, and Eraser.

What Happens if You Use Too Much Glyphosate?

If you use too much glyphosate, you may cause skin or eye irritation. Some people might experience irritation in their throat and nose.

Do You Have a Roundup Claim?

Roundup QuickPro is the weed killer with the highest concentration of glyphosate. Exposure to this product can lead to side effects such as skin and eye irritations, diarrhea, nausea, and even cancer.

If you experienced such side effects, there is still time to settle a Roundup lawsuit if the case meets certain criteria. Here is what you need to do:

Book a free lawsuit evaluation with our Roundup Attorneys/Lawyers.


References:

  1. https://lawnchick.com/what-do-lawn-companies-use-to-kill-weeds/
  2. https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/whatwestudy/topics/glyphosate/index.html
  3. https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/are-there-alternatives-to-glyphosate-for-weed-control-in-landscapes
  4. http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/glyphogen.html
  5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29321978/
  6. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1383574218300887

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