Banned Nearly Everywhere Except the U.S.
Paraquat is principally produced by the Swiss manufacturer Syngenta, although ironically Switzerland banned the chemical in 1989. Thirty-two other countries have outlawed it, and large economies like the EU, China, and Brazil are also phasing out its use or have banned it altogether to protect their farmers and citizens.
The United States has only tried to prevent poisoning by paraquat consumption, measures that do not address the long-term dangers – like Parkinson's disease – associated with daily exposure to the chemical.
If you or a loved one used paraquat and were subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, you may be entitled to participate in civil actions initiated in courts throughout the U.S. The damages these lawsuits seek include compensation for Parkinson's disease medications, care and treatment, other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and past and future wage loss.
Paraquat is Highly Toxic
Herbicides like Roundup have been connected to health risks, cancers, and various diseases in recent years. Paraquat, however, is considered "the deadliest pesticide on the market." If consumed, the toxin quickly disperses throughout the body, causing chemical reactions in the lungs, liver, kidneys, and elsewhere. In fact, just one sip is fatal 70 percent of the time.
Because of its risk of death, the form of paraquat marketed in the U.S. has a blue dye additive and a strong odor to keep it from being confused with a beverage.
Products Containing Paraquat
Paraquat is sold in the U.S. under several brand names, including:
- Paraquat Concentrate® (common)
- Gramoxone® (common)
- Cyclone SL 2.0®
- Helmquat 3SL®
- Para-Shot 3.0®