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Cyclone SL 2.0 - A restricted use paraquat product with adverse health risks

Cyclone SL 2.0 is a defoliant and desiccant herbicide manufactured by Syngenta, authorized by The Environmental Protection Agency in 2011, with 30.1% paraquat dichloride as the active ingredient - slightly less than most of the products containing paraquat, but toxic nonetheless.

Paraquat is often sold under various brand names, and Cyclone SL 2.0 is best known for its effective burndown of even the most difficult-to-control weeds.

It is approved for 258 sites and 51 pests and pest groups. Some of the registered target sites include:

  • lupine
  • vucurbits
  • legumes
  • vegetables
  • berries
  • alfalfa
  • Kentucky bluegrass
  • corn
  • rice
  • wheat
  • avocados
  • sunflower
  • safflower
  • sapodilla
  • guar
  • tobacco
  • sugarcane
  • okra
  • asparagus
  • turnips
  • sunflowers
  • sugar beets
  • mint
  • cotton
  • garlic
  • carrots
  • rhubarb
  • lettuce
  • artichokes
  • endive
  • cauliflower
  • cabbage
  • broccoli
  • onions
  • potatoes
  • turmeric
  • clover
  • hops
  • ginger
  • coffee

The majority of applicators of Cyclone SL 2.0 are agricultural workers who underwent specific training, as this chemical is not designed for residential use. However, Cyclone SL 2.0 has been distributed and sold without proper warnings, even for licensed applicators. Since the manufacturer failed to warn about the risks of Parkinson's disease associated with exposure, there are numerous individuals currently suffering from this neurodegenerative disorder as a result.

Exposure to Cyclone SL 2.0 may increase the risk of Parkinson's disease

Due to the high toxicity of Cyclone SL 2.0, licensed applicators are required to wear protective equipment while mixing, loading, and applying the herbicide, including:

  • coveralls
  • protective eyewear and gloves
  • chemical resistant aprons
  • socks and shoes
  • filtering respirators
  • butyl rubber, nitrile rubber
  • rubber protective materials
  • polyethylene
  • polyvinyl chloride or viton

While adequate protective equipment can lower the risk of exposure, the regular use of Cyclone SL 2.0 increases the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, a condition for which there is no cure and that can:

  • limit a person's mobility
  • cause imbalance and tremor
  • inflict stiffness of the muscles
  • leave an individual bedridden
  • alter speech and writing abilities

The toxicity of Cyclone SL 2.0 prohibits its use around home gardens, parks, schools, golf courses, and playgrounds, being designed only for agricultural areas.

Quality assistance for paraquat exposure victims

Despite clear evidence that paraquat products increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease, many of these are still being marketed with inadequate warnings. The manufacturers need to be held accountable; therefore, in the regrettable event that you received a Parkinson's diagnosis due to Cyclone SL 2.0 exposure, you can recover the much-needed compensation for your suffering. Contact Atraxia Law today for a free case evaluation.