There is a significant amount of the carcinogen glyphosate in Roundup. It is the active ingredient in the herbicide responsible for killing unwanted weeds. It is also labeled as a probable carcinogen by many international organizations.
How much glyphosate is in Roundup varies depending on the specific formula you choose and the size you purchase. In general, concentrated varieties contain higher amounts of glyphosate than a container of Roundup that you do not need to mix on your own. This concentration can range from around one percent in Roundup Ready-To-Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II to more than 50 percent in Roundup Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate.
There are also non-selective, selective, and residual formulas of Roundup intended for different applications and needs. The non-selective formulas kill everything it is applied to, including your lawn. Selective formulas target specific types of weeds. Residual formulas stay in the soil for an extended period of time with the goal of the user not having to reapply it again for some time. The non-selective and residual formulas are more likely to contain higher concentrations of glyphosate.
Types of Roundup
There are different types of Roundup currently or previously manufactured by Monsanto or Bayer. Each has a different formula and concentration of glyphosate. The current lineup includes:
- Roundup® Landscape Weed Preventer
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Weed & Grass Killer III with Sure Shot® Wand
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Weed & Grass Killer III with Comfort Wand®
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Weed & Grass Killer III with Pump ‘N Go® 2 Sprayer
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Weed & Grass Killer III
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Weed & Grass Killer III Refill
- Roundup® For Lawns Bug Destroyer
- Roundup® For Lawns Ready-To-Use
- Roundup® For Lawns Ready-To-Spray
- Roundup® For Lawns Concentrate
- Roundup® For Lawns Refill
- Roundup® For Lawns Crabgrass Destroyer
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Max Control 365 with Comfort Wand
- Roundup® Concentrate MAX Control 365
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Max Control 365 Refill
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II with Comfort Wand
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II with Pump ‘N Go® 2 Sprayer
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II with Trigger Sprayer
- Roundup® Concentrate Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Extended Control Weed & Grass Killer Plus Weed Preventer II Refill
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer with Trigger Sprayer
- Roundup® Ready-To-Use Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer with Comfort Wand®
- Roundup® Concentrate Poison Ivy Plus Tough Brush Killer
- Roundup® Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate Plus
- Roundup® Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate
There are other formulations of Roundup not included on this list. Some have also been discontinued over the years.
Glyphosate in Roundup
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, as well as in other products that act as herbicides. For decades Roundup was the only brand of glyphosate sold in the United States, as its manufacturer had a patent. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates on its website that it is safe to use Roundup, as long as the product is used as indicated on the package. Despite this, there are ongoing lawsuits against Roundup’s manufacturer from cancer patients around the U.S.
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The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry notes on its website that glyphosate can impact your GI tract and respiratory system, including your stomach and intestines. Frequent exposure to glyphosate could potentially cause certain types of cancer. It can kill plants, rodents, and bugs that are exposed to the toxic substance.
Glyphosate May Cause These Cancers
Research currently shows that glyphosate is linked to higher cancer risk for certain types of cancers, including:
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Brain cancer
These are only some of the cancers potentially caused by exposure to Roundup. It is possible that you could form other types of cancer from being exposed to glyphosate. Ongoing research continues to be completed at universities and major health organizations to fully understand the impact of glyphosate on the human body.
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How much glyphosate is in Roundup varies, but if you believe it caused you to develop cancer, you have possible options for recourse. You could choose to do nothing and accept whatever help your medical insurance company is willing to pay and cover the rest of the cost yourself. You could also choose to hold the company responsible for selling an unsafe product that you trusted. This can come in the form of a civil suit against the company or as part of a class action lawsuit.
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If you or a loved one developed cancer after using Roundup, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 for a free consultation. ou could be entitled to compensation related to your cancer diagnosis to help cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.