A French court this week started hearing the first civilian case against manufacturers of Agent Orange, a herbicide used by the United States against communist troops during the Vietnam War.
Tran To Nga, who worked as a journalist during the conflict, sued a total of 26 multinational companies in 2014 for subjecting her and her family to lifelong health issues, which earlier tests had linked to the defoliant.
Agent Orange, the toxic herbicide the United States military used against Viet Cong fighters during the Vietnam war, is still having life-threatening effects on Vietnamese newborns 44 years after the war has ended.
The poisonous defoliant, which is a mixture of equal parts of two herbicides, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T), was meant to destroy and kill trees and plants that Viet Cong fighters depended on for food and cover.
Agent Orange, the herbicide used by the U.S. Military as part of its herbicidal warfare program during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971, may still be causing health problems for Vietnamese children today, a study in Japan has found.
In the research published in “Science of The Total Environment“, Japanese researchers say that even decades later exposure to the herbicide can still cause increased levels of some hormones in women and the children they breastfed.