Roundup Health Risks Subject of Recent Lawsuits
As litigation involving the popular weed killer Roundup continues to grow, new research only serves to increase concerns about the safety of the formulations produced by Monsanto.
The latest study indicates that in addition to the potential hazard of the active ingredient glyphosate, at least one of the “inert” ingredients in the mix could prove to be even more deadly.
New research looks at inert ingredient
The newest evidence, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health in February, looked more closely at the ingredient polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA) that is found in Roundup formulations. Categorized as an “inert” ingredient by the manufacturer of the herbicides, French researchers in this study found POEA was actually more deadly to human cells than glyphosate.
Specifically, the scientists in this study found that PEOA was more lethal to placental, embryonic and umbilical cord cells than glyphosate. The finding led the research team to speculate that this could make Roundup dangerous for pregnant women, increasing the risk for miscarriages, abnormal fetal development and low birth weight.
“This clearly confirms that the [inert ingredients] in Roundup formulations are not inert,” the study authors stated in their findings.
The scientists also discovered that when POEA was combined with glyphosate, it made the possible side effects of the glyphosate even more toxic. The two ingredients appeared to work together to stress, damage and even destroy human cells. Cell damage occurred at all concentrations of the active ingredients in this study.
Roundup faces scrutiny
Roundup products have come under considerable scrutiny in recent years as some studies have linked glyphosate to non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other possible health risks. In March 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) categorized glyphosate as a “probably human carcinogen.” Some European countries have also started restricting use of glyphosate and POEA or banning their use altogether.
Individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer and other health conditions after ongoing exposure to Roundup are now filing lawsuits, claiming Monsanto failed to provide proper warning about the dangers associated with their products.
In fact, by naming some ingredients “inert” despite their potential hazard, the company may have even gone so far as to hide the true risks of their products from the general public.
Legal action possible
Currently, more than 700 Monsanto Roundup lawsuits have been filed alleging use of glyphosate led to the development of cancer. Findings from studies like these may serve as support for those plaintiffs, providing the compelling link between the herbicide and cancer that will be required in court to successfully hold the manufacturer liable for injuries.
If you or someone you love have been injured by Roundup formulations, legal help is available. The product liability attorneys at Ellis Law have represented clients that claim use of these herbicides led to cancer and other injuries. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to pursue maximum compensation.
To get a free evaluation of your case or answers to your legal questions, contact Ellis Law at 310-641-3335.