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Company Response

20 Jan 2020


Response by Syngenta

At Syngenta protecting health and the environment is of paramount importance to us... We respect all international, national and local laws, and take our obligations as a large global business seriously...

The Brazilian regulatory system is among the most rigorous in the world. Several environmental agencies have to give the green light before a product is authorized and allowed to be used. Our products cannot be marketed in a country without approval by the authorities there...

The registered use of products varies by country depending on: the types of crops grown; the types of pests and diseases present; as well as the soil and weather conditions in each country. Therefore, you will find some crop protection products in use in Brazil that you would not need in other countries.

Syngenta is headquartered in Switzerland... Therefore, small amounts mentioned by Public Eye will be imported and re-exported for R&D reasons. We chose to manufacture products in locations where we find the best conditions for manufacturing...

The fact that Syngenta holds a specific market share for crop protection products overall does not mean that Syngenta holds a specific market share for a specific active ingredient like Profenofos. If Syngenta holds a specific market share for a product globally, this does not mean that this market share is correct for a specific country. Therefore, these kinds of calculations are speculative and not credible. And to derive a liability for stipulated water pollution from a calculated market share means to construct a causal relationship from a correlation that bears no resemblance to reality.

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