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Monsanto Found Guilty of Poisoning French Farmer | Food Safety News

The agriculture biotechnology giant Monsanto Company has been found guilty by a French court of chemically poisoning 47 year-old Paul Francois, a French grain farmer.

Reuters reports that Francois has suffered long-term neurological problems including memory loss, headaches and stuttered speech since 2004, ever since an incident in which he inhaled Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller while cleaning the tank of his crop sprayer. The product did not carry a sufficient warning label, he argued in court.

His ailments from that incident have left him unable to work, and he eventually gained invalidity status through a court appeal.

The court in Lyon is now seeking expert opinion to determine how much the company will be required to compensate Francois financially for his damages.

Lasso has been prohibited in the European Union since 2006, after several studies showed its main herbicidal ingredient, alachlor, had a direct link to health problems in farmers.

Alachlor is still legal in the United States, though the Environmental Protection Agency has set its maximum contaminant level of alachlor in water at 0.002 mg/L, or 2 parts per billion (ppb).

The agency’s recommended level, however, is zero. That recommendation, it says, is “based on the best available science to prevent potential health problems.”

via Monsanto Found Guilty of Poisoning French Farmer | Food Safety News.