Korean J Leg Med.  2003 May;27(1):83-87.

Death due to glyphosate intoxication

  • 1Department of Forensic Medicine, Seoul Nat'l University, Korea. sdlee@snu.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Anatomy, Kang Won Nat'l University, Korea.
  • 3Department of Anatomy, Han Yang University, Korea.
  • 4Department of Forensic Medicine, National Institute of Scientific Investigation, Korea.


Glyphosate containing herbicides, such as 'Touchdown' or 'Roundup', have been known relatively safe. They have been introduced as substitute for highly toxic paraquat. Till now few researchers have paid their attention for this material, and few data are available concerning this. Recently we experienced seven cases of glyphosate intoxication during past three years. Most of the cases could be regarded as intentional ingestion and accidental intoxication seemed to be quite less compared to paraquat. As there exist technical difficulties for the clarification of the material quantitatively, some cases were disputable concerning the circumstances in which ingestion of the material or death have occurred. Cases were reviewed and several points about this material were discussed.


Glyphosate; Touchdown; Roundup; intoxication
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