What Health Problems Do Scientists Believe Paraquat and Roundup Cause?
According to a number of studies, Roundup has a strong association with the development of certain types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Similarly, studies have linked paraquat to a twofold increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
Because of this, there are thousands of ongoing lawsuits in the United States alleging that the manufacturers of both these herbicides have failed to warn consumers and continued to market these products despite the known health risks.
Bayer, the company that manufactures Roundup, denies any wrongdoing or negligence.
Syngenta and Chevron, the major manufacturers of paraquat, also deny wrongdoing.
Is the Use of Roundup Still Permitted in the United States?
Despite the serious allegations that Roundup is carcinogenic (cancer-causing), Roundup is still legal to use in the United States.
In fact, because it is such an effective weedkiller, Roundup is one of the most popular herbicides in the country.
While the controversy over its health concerns has led many in the agricultural sector to turn to alternative products (such as paraquat), the fact that Roundup is still permitted for residential use means that it is still a common weedkiller that people use in their own backyards.
Ironically, this is in part due to the warnings and concerns that have been raised about the dangers of Roundup.
Paraquat products continue to enjoy relatively unrestricted use in many underdeveloped nations, particularly because they are both inexpensive and effective.
Nevertheless, many countries have banned its use outright.
There are currently more than 40 nations that do not permit the use of products that contain paraquat, including the countries of the European Union, the United Kingdom, and China.
Considering the ongoing Multidistrict Litigation against corporations that produce paraquat products, it may be only a matter of time before the United States considers stricter limitations on the use of this chemical as well.
If you believe you or a loved one was exposed to paraquat or Roundup, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.
TruLaw and their attorneys are investigating paraquat and Roundup lawsuits today.
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