With growing evidence that links Monsanto’s Roundup and cancer, serious questions have emerged about how large numbers of farm workers and others in the agricultural industry were not warned years ago about risks associated with exposure to the weed killer.

As a result of inadequate warnings, many farm workers were provided little protection against Roundup and it’s active ingredient, glyphosate, often resulting in heavy exposure to a chemical they were told was safe. However, health experts now warn that side effects of Roundup exposure may cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma and other types of cancer.

The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Roundup farm worker lawsuits against Monsanto as a result of the apparent decision to place their desire for profits before consumer safety.

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Roundup has been on the market since the 1970s, and a number of studies over the years have expressed concerns that the herbicide may be a carcinogen. However, Monsanto has continued to maintain that exposure to Roundup is safe and it appears that inadequate warnings were provided for Roundup users.

Earlier this year the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a warning that declared the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, as a likely cancer-causing agent.

The warning comes after more than 40 years of the weed killer’s use. Roundup is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and as pest plants became resistant, agricultural workers have had to use more and more Roundup to get the desired effects.

An estimate by the U.S. Geological Survey found that use of glyphosate went from 110 million pounds in 2002 to 283 million pounds in 2012. In addition, Monsanto has engineered genetically modified crops specifically for use with the chemical, which are referred to as “Roundup Ready.”

While the efforts to increase sales of the weed killer have been very successful, Monsanto has failed to warn or provide information about the potential link between Roundup and cancer for farm workers, landscapers and others exposed to high volumes of the chemical.

As a result, financial compensation may be available for farm workers diagnosed with cancer after Roundup exposure. To review a potential claim for yourself or a loved one, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

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