What Products Contain Paraquat?

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Jessie Paluch
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What Products Contain Paraquat?

Paraquat is a highly toxic chemical that has been used as an herbicide by many farmers on crops all around the world since the 1950s.

Because products containing paraquat are both effective and cheap, they are particularly popular in many underdeveloped countries.

However, due to its highly toxic nature and its potentially lethal effects on humans, more than 40 countries have banned its use, including the European Union and China.

what products cointain paraquat

In the United States, paraquat products are classified as Restricted Use Pesticides.

They may only be used by trained applicators and are not licensed for home use or for use within residential areas.

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Is Paraquat a Brand Name?

Paraquat” is short for paraquat dichloride, and it is a generic name for an organic compound that was first synthesized in 1882.

Its first commercial use came in 1962 when the Imperial Chemical Industries in Britain manufactured and sold paraquat under the brand name Gramoxone.

Gramoxone, which is now manufactured by Syngenta, is still the most recognizable brand name of paraquat in the United States today.

What Other Brand Names Contain Paraquat?

The following brand names all contain paraquat:

  • Action 
  • Agroquat 
  • Agroxone 
  • Almoxone 
  • Cap Pelanduk
  • Capayam
  • Cekuquat
  • Crisquat
  • Cropoquat
  • Cyclone
  • Crysquat
  • Delta-Quat
  • Dextrone X
  • Dexuron
  • Dragocson
  • Efoxon
  • Esgram
  • Erazone
  • Express
  • Esgram
  • Firestorm
  • Galokson
  • Goldquat
  • Gramex
  • Gramix
  • Gramixel
  • Halexone
  • Herbatop
  • Herboxon
  • Herbikill
  • Inferno
  • Kapid
  • Katalon
  • Kemozone
  • Kendo
  • Ken-Tec
  • Kingxone
  • Marman 
  • Herbiquat
  • Methyl Viologen Dichloride
  • Methyl Viologen
  • Multiquat
  • Nuquat
  • Osaquat
  • Paquat
  • Para
  • Parable
  • Paraco
  • ParaCol
  • Parakill
  • Parakwat
  • Paranox
  • Paraquato
  • Paratone
  • Paratroop
  • Parawin
  • Parazone
  • Pillarquat
  • Pillarxone
  • Plusquat
  • Priquat
  • Prelude
  • R-Bix
  • Revolver
  • Scythe
  • Secaquat
  • Shirquat
  • Sparkle
  • Speeder
  • Speedway
  • Sweep
  • Sunaquat
  • Total
  • Toxer
  • Uniquat
  • Weedless

Which Companies Manufacture Paraquat Products?

The most well-known manufacturers of paraquat are Syngenta and Chevron, but there are several companies around the world that are involved in producing herbicides that contain paraquat.

Many of the manufacturers of paraquat products are based in China. 

Western manufacturers of paraquat products on the market today include:

  • Adama Group
  • Altitude Crop Innovations
  • Chevron Chemical Company
  • Drexel Chemical Company
  • Helm Agro
  • Innvictis Crop Care
  • Sinon USA
  • Syngenta
  • United Phosphorus 

How Can I Tell If I Have Been Exposed to Paraquat?

If you believe that you’ve been exposed to a product containing paraquat, it is important to try to confirm this as soon as possible.

In addition to being potentially fatal if ingested (even in tiny quantities), studies have suggested links between paraquat exposure and a much greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. 

exposure to paraquatIf you cannot recall having used one of the paraquat products listed above, think about the following:

  • If you have had exposure to a fluid with a distinctive blue tint, it may have been a paraquat product. In the U.S., paraquat-containing products are tinted blue in order to avoid confusion with beverages such as coffee or juice.
  • If any of the herbicides you have encountered have had a distinctive, unpleasant, pungent smell, you may have been exposed to paraquat. 
  • Because paraquat is a “restricted use” chemical, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires applicators to undergo special training and to obtain a license in order to use it. If you have worked for a farm that seemed to have an overly relaxed approach to government regulations, it is possible that paraquat may have been in use in ways that increased the potential for harmful exposure.

Who Is Most at Risk of Exposure to Paraquat?

Even though paraquat is a federally restricted substance, it still has widespread use across the United States.

Thus, there are potentially thousands of people who are at risk of acquiring the potential long-term consequences associated with paraquat, including Parkinson’s disease.

Those most affected by paraquat exposure may be agricultural workers who have handled the substance directly.

However, it is possible that you have had exposure to the chemical even if you have never worked or lived on a farm.

This is because people who live and work in areas near farms that use paraquat may encounter it due to runoff, drift, or “crop duster” overspray. 

You may be at a particularly high risk of exposure if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • Farm workers
  • Herbicide applicators (including both handheld and tractor)
  • Farm owners
  • Owners and workers of farms adjacent to those using paraquat
  • Property owners living near farms using paraquat
  • Schoolchildren

Because of the herbicide’s purported links with Parkinson’s disease, people who are members of the above populations are among those involved in the hundreds of lawsuits in ongoing Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) against companies who manufacture products containing paraquat.

As of April 2022, there are currently 982 paraquat lawsuits in the MDL class action.

If you believe you or a loved one was exposed to toxic pesticides including any of the brands listed above, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.

TruLaw and their attorneys are investigating paraquat lawsuits today.

Use our instant Case Evaluation tool to learn if you are eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of paraquat today.

Written By:
Jessie Paluch
Jessie Paluch

Experienced Attorney & Legal SaaS CEO

With over 25 years of legal experience, Jessie is an Illinois lawyer, a CPA, and a mother of three.  She spent the first decade of her career working as an international tax attorney at Deloitte.

In 2009, Jessie co-founded her own law firm with her husband – which has scaled to over 30 employees since its conception.

In 2016, Jessie founded TruLaw, which allows her to collaborate with attorneys and legal experts across the United States on a daily basis. This hypervaluable network of experts is what enables her to share reliable legal information with her readers!

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