Brazil prosecutors seek $16 million from pesticide makers

Author: Paolo Prada, Reuters, Published on: 18 May 2015

Brazilian prosecutors said…they would seek at least 50 million reais ($16.6 million) from multinational pesticide manufacturers for alleged safety violations at a collection facility for used pesticide containers. The violations…exposed workers at the facility to "risk of contamination" by toxic farm chemicals, prosecutors said..Prosecutors are seeking the damages from Inpev, an industry group established by manufacturers to meet the disposal rules, and the makers of specific pesticides whose containers were found at the facility during a February inspection. Those manufacturers, prosecutors said, include the Brazilian units of BASF, DuPont, Monsanto, Nufarm, Syngenta, Adama, FMC and Nortox. In a telephone interview, Joao Cesar Rando, president of Inpev, said the companies are cooperating with prosecutors but declined to discuss specific allegations.

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Related companies: BASF DuPont FMC Monsanto (part of Bayer) Syngenta