Bayer’s popular herbicide Roundup, on the market for over four decades, may cause an increase in risk of certain types of cancer.
In March of 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a study showing a link between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Over a thousand lawsuits have been filed by individuals who believe Roundup use may have led to their cancer diagnoses.
North Carolina is home to vast amounts of farmland, golf courses, and other green spaces that routinely get treated with herbicides like Roundup. Our friends and family working in landscaping, lawn care, and agricultural industries may have unwittingly been exposed to increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma because the makers of Roundup were not properly warning of this risk.
Internal documents from Monsanto (the company that developed Roundup, since purchased by Bayer) have been uncovered through recent litigation. These documents point to fraudulent studies and tactics employed by the company to keep the true risks of the herbicide out of the hands of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the public.
Interestingly, the chemical composition of Roundup that is sold in the US differs from the same product sold in Europe. The US version of Roundup contains a type of surfactant– the material used to help disburse the glyphosate – that has been banned in Europe. Studies have shown that this type of surfactant can increase the risk of harm compared to glyphosate itself.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after regularly working with Roundup, contact an experienced North Carolina products liability attorney to discuss your potential claim.