Monsanto and glyphosate exposure
Bayer has recently set aside $16 billion as compensation for people who came to struggle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma due to glyphosate exposure, which speaks volumes about how dangerous this herbicide truly is. Near the end of 2019, there were over 40,000 plaintiffs involved in lawsuits against Monsanto concerning Roundup exposure and cancer. The majority of these lawsuits had been filed before 2015 when the International Agency for Research on Cancer released a report that supported the connection between glyphosate exposure and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. One of the most notable cases is that of a man who was awarded a whopping $80 million in a lawsuit alleging that exposure to Roundup was to blame for his cancer.
People in the U.S. have used over 1.8 million tons of glyphosate from 1974 to 2014. Most of these people are agricultural workers. Exposure to glyphosate is linked to chromosomal and DNA damage in human cells, which can easily lead to the onset of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, as well as to hematopoietic cancers. Although Monsanto includes some important advice and information on the label of Roundup, the company fails to warn of the possibility of developing cancer as a consequence of exposure. For this reason, it can be held liable for failure to warn. If your health was affected by glyphosate manufactured by Monsanto, we encourage you to contact our law firm to recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Lastly, it is important to mention Solutia, Inc. in the context of Monsanto, as it came into being as a divestiture of the main company. It manufactures specialty chemicals such as polyvinyl butyral, ethylene vinyl acetate, and thermoplastic polyurethane, which are also correlated with a high risk of cancer. In 2012, the company was acquired by Eastman Chemical Company.
The company also manufactures genetically modified organisms and seeds
In addition to Roundup, the herbicide that made the company renowned, Monsanto manufactures genetically modified seeds such as alfalfa, soy, canola, sorghum, and corn. Monsanto is a major part of the agrochemical industry, so it should come as no surprise that it also produces genetically modified seeds. Alarmingly, there are numerous food brands associated with Monsanto, including:
- Aunt Jemima: This is a brand of pancake mix, syrup, and other breakfast food, and the main ingredient in it, Enriched Bleached Flour, contains thiamine mononitrate, a fortifier. While it is relatively safe for consumers, the dust it releases when manufactured was deemed potentially hazardous to humans. Therefore, people who manufacture it for Monsanto are at risk of toxic exposure on the job.
- Betty Crocker: Many products are sold under the Betty Crocker brand, such as cakes, dessert mixes, and cookies. In addition to containing Enriched Bleached Flour, they also have leavening. The leavening made by Monsanto contains Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, which is a food additive and a leavening acid. While moderate consumption was not found to cause any health problems, excessive ingestion can be dangerous.
- Capri Sun: Although most ingredients in these beverages seem harmless, many of their crops stem from farmers who incorporate genetically modified organisms in their produce. There are a lot of negative health effects the ingestion of genetically modified organisms can result in, such as allergic reactions, toxicity, the weakening of the immune system, and even cancer.
- Frito Lay: This is perhaps the most unsettling product related to Monsanto on the list, as a study found that every bag of SunChips made by this company has both genetically modified organisms and glyphosate. If the inhalation of glyphosate can cause cancer, imagine how dangerous the ingestion of this herbicide can be.
These are just some of the plentiful food brands associated with Monsanto, as the company is also linked to Kellogg's, Healthy Choice, Pepperidge Farm, Stouffer's, Best Foods, Coca-Cola, Jiffy, Kool-Aid, Lipton, and Pringles, among many others. We advise you to be mindful of the food products you are purchasing and to avoid those connected to Monsanto if possible. As for their genetically modified seeds, they have been developed to resist the same herbicide the company manufactures – Roundup. This has radically changed agriculture as it was known a century ago.
File a toxic exposure claim with the assistance of our experienced attorneys
Regardless of how you were exposed to Roundup, if you developed non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, you are entitled to financial compensation from Monsanto. You can obtain the money you deserve by filing a toxic exposure claim with the assistance of our skilled and resourceful lawyers. All you have to do if you decided to pursue compensation is call our law firm and explain your situation, then send our legal team evidence of your exposure to glyphosate and your medical records. Subsequently, we will carefully assess everything and let you know whether you can file a claim.
If you are entitled to compensation, our attorneys will efficiently prepare your claim for submission. The legal process will require very little involvement on your part, as we are aware that victims of toxic exposure are in a lot of pain and suffering. Several months following claim submission, you will receive the money you deserve from Monsanto, which will help you with your medical expenses and other costly matters. Nonetheless, it is important to keep in mind that toxic exposure claims have a statute of limitations of 3 years in the majority of states, which is why, if you were injured by Roundup, you should contact us as soon as possible.