Nestle Tightens Controls on Coffee Bean Suppliers Due to Roundup Concerns
Nestle, the multinational food and drink corporation, has tightened controls on the coffee beans it buys after tests of the beans showed high levels of the harmful weed killer Roundup. Nestle said in a September 2019 statement that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, was found in some deliveries of green coffee beans to be at a level close to the maximum allowed.
“We are reinforcing our controls working with suppliers to ensure that our green coffee continues to meet regulations all around the world,” the statement said.
Across the United States, juries have awarded enormous monetary damages to individuals who said their exposure to Roundup caused their cancer. Bayer, which owns Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, says the weed killer is safe to use.
Earlier this year, a California couple was awarded $2 billion in damages after they claimed Roundup, which they had used on their lawn for over 30 years, had given them both Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.
Thousands of Roundup lawsuits are currently pending. Many of them center on a 2015 Word Health Organization (WHO) report, which said that glyphosate was probably carcinogenic to humans. In 2016, a report by WHO, in conjunction with the United Nations, found that there was evidence of a link between exposure to glyphosate and the risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Nestle buys some of its coffee beans from Neumann Kaffee Gruppe (NKG), one of the world’s largest green coffee traders. NKG said glyphosate was one of several substances it monitors on the coffee it buys.
While the impact of Nestle’s tighter controls is unknown, some analysts expect the increase in the frequency of checks will disrupt global coffee supply chains.
“This is not a new process, we are just reinforcing controls,” a Nestle spokesperson told CNN. Tests on the coffee beans were conducted before they were shipped from the countries of origin.
Nestle is expected to increase controls in Brazil and Indonesia first due to the countries being the top coffee producers in the world. Nestle will assist coffee farms in helping farmers better use herbicides and incorporate weed management practices and weeding methods to help reduce the need for Roundup.
“Our agronomists will continue to work with coffee farmers to help them improve their weed management practices, including the appropriate use of herbicides and adoption of other weeding methods,” Nestle said in a statement.
The new measures went into effect on Oct. 1, and the increased quality controls will be temporary until the application of glyphosate is carried out appropriately.
Nestle owns the Nespresso and Nescafe coffee brands, which have raked in over $21 billion in sales so far this year.
What are the Harmful Effects of Roundup?
Numerous health conditions and diseases have been linked to glyphosate exposure, including:
- Cancers of the brain, lung, and prostate
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Large B-Cell Lymphoma
- Mantle Cell Lymphoma
- T-Cell Lymphoma
- Parkinson’s disease
- Liver disease
- Sexual problems
- Hormonal imbalances
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
If you have suffered cancer or another illness because of exposure to glyphosate, you deserve full and fair compensation.
An experienced attorney can seek the following damages for you:
- Past and future medical expenses to treat your cancer
- Past and future pain and suffering resulting from your injuries
- Lost wages
- Other economic losses you may have suffered due to your illness
- Punitive damages, if applicable
To learn more about the link between glyphosate and cancer and what types of compensation you may be entitled to, reach out to the Roundup cancer lawsuit attorneys at The Driscoll Firm, P.C. today. We are committed to standing up to the negligence and wrongdoing of Monsanto as we fight for justice for Roundup victims.
Who is Affected By Roundup?
For decades, Roundup has been used regularly by people throughout the United States and much of the world, including but not limited to:
- Farm Workers
- Field Managers
- Community Gardeners
- Garden Center Employees
- Nursery Employees
- Construction workers
- Funeral directors
- Medical professionals
Even residents who live near areas that use Roundup could be exposed to its harmful side effects. At The Driscoll Firm, P.C., we are committed to taking action against Monsanto. Monsanto and its owner, Bayer, have refused to accept responsibility for their harmful product and continue to spread the lie that it is safe to use. Monsanto has put profits over people, neglecting the public’s health and safety by failing to ensure that those exposed to glyphosate were warned about its health risks.
What Are the Symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma presents various symptoms, depending on the type of lymphoma and what part of the body it is in. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma may not cause any symptoms until it grows. If you are exposed to Roundup, symptoms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to watch for include:
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Unexplained weight loss
- Swollen abdomen
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Severe infections
The primary signifier of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is swollen lymph nodes. Lymph nodes in your neck, underarms, groin, or above the collarbone may be seen or felt as lumps under the skin.
The Roundup cancer lawsuit attorneys at The Driscoll Firm, P.C. have extensive experience handling cases against disreputable corporations like Bayer and Monsanto. If you are not offered a fair settlement that covers all your expenses, we will not hesitate to take them to court. Also, our highly skilled lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you won’t owe us anything until we help get compensation for you.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer after being exposed to Roundup, you need skilled and experienced legal representation. Our dedicated and compassionate attorneys will fight back against the wrongdoing and negligence of Monsanto, allowing you to recover the maximum compensation that you deserve.
We offer free initial consultations, so you have nothing to lose by speaking with our experienced Roundup cancer lawsuit attorneys. Contact The Driscoll Firm, P.C. today by calling 800-900-7704, filling out a contact form, or chatting with us live on our website.