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France: Monsanto found guilty of chemical poisoning

Date: 14 Feb 2012

Pesticides use

Monsanto has been found guilty by a court in Lyon of poisoning farmer Paul Francois who suffered neurological problesm after using the company's Lasso weedkiller. The suit charged that Monsanto had failed to provide sufficient warnings on the product label.

The ruling was the first time in France that a manufacturer of pesticides had been found guilty of poisoning. It potentially opens the door for a host of other claims from farmers that have suffered similar problems.

The company has said that it will review whether or not to appeal the decision. It said there was not sufficient proof to prove that exposure to the product had been the cause of the symptoms suffered in this case. Difficulties in showing causal links had led to previous such cases failing.

The pesticide, Lasso, was banned for use in France in 2007.

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