US firm Monsanto ‘guilty’ in France poisoning case

Posted on February 16, 2012

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A French court has found the US biotech giant Monsanto legally responsible for the poisoning of a farmer who inhaled a powerful weedkiller.

Correspondents say the case could influence rulings in other countries on the use of pesticides.

Monsanto says it will appeal against Monday’s verdict by a court in Lyon.

Paul Francois, 47, suffered from dizziness, headaches and other problems after examining a sprayer in 2004 which contained Lasso, a product now banned.

The court linked Lasso directly to the farmer’s illness.

It ordered a report on his condition, to establish the amount of compensation Monsanto would have to pay him.

BBC

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