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New Study Links Roundup Ingredient to Cancer

Posted On 05/14/19

The new study released, in April 2019 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR); confirms a strong indication linking glyphosate to cancer.  

The ATSDR’s findings could have a profound effect on pending litigation against Roundup manufacturer Monsanto over cancer and toxic exposure claims.

The study was started in 2015, the same year the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.  Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, the world’s most widely used weed killer.

In summary, the ATSDR study evaluated rodent studies and human epidemiologic research and found exposure to glyphosate was related to an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It also found that the association with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is stronger when data is measured for longer use of glyphosate and for an additional time of exposure.  The complete 257-page report, titled Draft Toxicological Profile for Glyphosate, is available for public comment until July 8th.

The manufacturer still maintains Roundup is safe.

The manufacturer Monsanto has upheld that glyphosate is safe. Despite the fact that the popular weed-killer has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  A California jury awarded a landscape groundskeeper $289 million after finding Roundup was the cause of his non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis. His award was later reduced to $78 million. Last month, a federal jury in San Francisco ordered Monsanto to pay a man $80 million over comparable claims.

The ATSDR study also linked glyphosate exposure to developmental delays, gastrointestinal effects, kidney and liver toxicity, and eye irritation.

Furthermore, studies on farm families also found a small link between parental exposure to glyphosate and an increased risk of neural tube defects, miscarriage, preterm birth, and small for gestational age in their children. And some studies showed that animals exposed to glyphosate early in life developed testicular lesions, decreased sperm production, elevated abnormal sperm, decreased testosterone, and skeletal malformation.

According to Tina Levine, former manager of EPA’s Office of Pesticides Programs, while there may not be a huge risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of glyphosate exposure, “it’s there based on what ATSDR has found.”

If you or a loved one has been impacted by a Roundup or other toxic exposure injury, our Phoenix injury lawyers are here to help; give us a call for a free evaluation in Phoenix, Arizona.