Multiple safety and advocacy groups have sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its decision to re-approve a chemical that is used in the Roundup weed killer. According to a news report on The Hill’s website, the agency re-approved the chemical known as glyphosate in January claiming that it does not pose a serious threat to humans. However, there are numerous lawsuits against the company alleging that victims developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of using Roundup weed killer with glyphosate.
Lawsuits Say Glyphosate is Unsafe
One lawsuit against the EPA was filed on behalf of the Center for Food Safety, Beyond Pesticides, the Rural Coalition, Organización en California de Lideres Campesinas, and the Farmworker Association of Florida. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Pesticide Action Network North America filed another suit. The organizations said in statements that the approval of glyphosate by the EPA was unsafe and unhealthy, and essentially ignores the reports from scientists, environmentalists and experts in the medical field who have repeatedly warned about the serious health and environmental effects of glyphosate.
The EPA re-approved glyphosate in January stating there was insufficient evidence to conclude that the chemical plays a role in any human diseases. It did find that glyphosate presented “low or limited potential risks” in birds and mammals. Glyphosate is commonly used as a herbicide by farmers and is the main ingredient in the Roundup weed killer.
The company is facing a number of lawsuits from individuals who say they have developed cancers as a result of using these products. The company has claimed that its products are safe and not cancer-causing. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer says glyphosate “probably” causes cancer. Those who are at the highest risk for Roundup exposure include professional gardeners, landscapers, farmers, agricultural workers, herbicide applicators and groundskeepers. Roundup may be hazardous for homeowners who engage in gardening as a hobby as well.
Known Side Effects
Side effects of Roundup exposure can range from stomach problems to cancer. If you are experiencing any symptoms of toxic exposure, it is extremely important that you seek medical attention immediately. Glyphosate and glyphosate-containing herbicides caused genetic damage in lab tests with human cells as well as in tests with lab animals, studies show.
A recent study that was published in the journal Mutation Research also shows that glyphosate raises the cancer risk of those exposed to it by 41 percent. Researchers from the University of Washington evaluated existing studies of the chemical and concluded that it significantly raises the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
A victim who has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma or other types of cancers as a result of exposure to Roundup weed killer may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer, seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses, permanent injuries, lost income and benefits, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. A family that has lost a loved one as a result of these products may also be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer seeking compensation.
If you or a loved one has developed adverse health effects from using products containing glyphosate, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
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