Monsanto Roundup: A Closer Look at Product Liability Law
We have heard many things, both great and adverse, concerning Monsanto over the past few years. What is the Monsanto Company? They are a global modern agriculture company that develops many products that help farmers around the world. When it comes to environmental health, Monsanto claims to be at the top of the list, teaching farmers and more how to be more efficient with the world’s resources. However, Monsanto has received scrutiny over the years when it comes to a variety of products, including one in particular: Monsanto Roundup.
What is Roundup?
If you are a gardener or have worked in a yard, you may have used a product known as Roundup. Roundup is a type of herbicide that is used to kill weeds and grasses that might cause harm to crops. The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate. Glyphosate products have been on the market for many years, but now people claim that exposure to glyphosate can cause cancer. In 1974, Monsanto moved forward with using the product in Roundup because it acted as a great herbicide.
Monsanto and Roundup go hand-in-hand in many ways. Ever since GMO or genetically modified crops have taken over, there has been an increase in the use of glyphosate. These crops have been designed to be able to resist the power of Roundup. Many people are taking a closer look at the fact that Monsanto is the international producer of these GMO seeds, and yet has made them able to stave off the harmful effects of glyphosate.
Who Faces Exposure?
That brings us to now. Glyphosate, the main ingredient found in Roundup, has made side effects – the main one being the development of cancer. To be more specific, many are claiming that it causes Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, B-cell Lymphoma, Leukemia, and Multiple Myeloma. And who just happens to be at the highest risk for these types of cancers? Of course, those who are working around Roundup the most – farmers, employees in nurseries, garden centers, and landscapers who make this their job. Not only are they breathing it in when it is being sprayed, but they also have to clean it up or eat food that is sitting around an area where it was being sprayed if they are outside. Because of this, many people in these industries are taking action as they pin blame on Monsanto for the serious consequences of glyphosate as they see it.
Monsanto claims that glyphosate is reviewed constantly by regulatory authorities to ensure that farmers and more are able to use it in a safe manner without any ill effects. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in fact, is in charge of this and uses science to review it to ensure that all farmers and other yard workers are protected. Monsanto claims that glyphosate can be used safely according to the instructions on the label.
Many people who have brought a claim against Monsanto in court have found that making their claim is quite difficult, with the introduction of expert testimony. In fact, many pieces of information given recently in actions have concluded that the case actually making it to trial is shaky at best. Vince Chhabria, the U.S. District Judge, is the first judge who will weigh in on just how toxic this product is and whether or not it actually caused harm to workers. The judge listened to a variety of expert witnesses such as toxicologists, oncologists, and more. The judge remains unconvinced that glyphosate is actually causing cancer in workers and more. At this time, it is not solid which witnesses will be able to make it to trial to speak on behalf of the 700 farmers, gardeners, and more who have received non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and concluded that it came from Roundup use.
How Product Liability Law Comes Into Play
We have experience with product liability law and want to help you when it comes to your claim. We understand that the evolving testimony and more is unclear in your case if you are a farmer or gardener who has been exposed to Roundup and you are now facing the diagnosis of cancer. We are with you during this time and want to help you become part of a claim that could end with successful results for many if Monsanto is liable for damages.
Dangerous products cause harm every year in the U.S., which is where product liability law plays an important role in the lives of many. There is a health risk when it comes to many products on the markets today, and these laws dictate who is responsible in an accident and how easy or difficult it will be for you to recover damages in your time of need. Product liability laws are dictated by negligence, strict liability, breaches, and more. Here are some of the parties who could be responsible for product liability cases:
- Parties that assemble products
- Retail stores selling the product to consumers
Yes, it is true that some products cannot be made safer under product liability law. This is because companies believe that it is impossible to make them safer without losing their usefulness. Perhaps, if the Roundup did not contain glyphosate, it could not have helped farmers when it comes to their products, which means that we wouldn’t have the many fruits and vegetables that we have on our markets today. However, if a product is dangerous, a manufacturer has to legally give proper warnings of such so that consumers are permitted to make informed decisions when they make the choice of whether or not to use the product.
Monsanto did not attempt to warn the general public about glyphosate possibly causing cancer in humans, and also chose to market their product as being as ‘safe as table salt.’ This means that Monsanto stood by their claims that the product is safe for humans, animals, and more. If you believe that Roundup has caused you harm and you want to bring a claim, turn to us in your time of need at McGuire Law Firm. We care about your claim and want to help you every step of the way. Call us today for more information on how we can help with your claim at 888-352-0624.