Bayer apologized for the compilation of the list of Monsanto critics of its products. Outside lawyers need to check the legality of the actions “daughters” the German company.
German chemical and pharmaceutical group Bayer has hired a third party law firm to assess charges against subsidiaries of Monsanto. About it reported in a press release Bayer on Sunday, may 12.
Earlier it became known that in France, the company Monsanto is suspected in the compilation of a list of persons who are critical of its products, presumably with the intent to influence them. “We understand that this initiative has caused concern and criticism. Bayer is not seeking a dialogue with stakeholders and society in similar ways. We’re sorry,” – said in a statement the German company. At the same time, Bayer said that while the company sees in compiling these lists of the violation of any laws. According to German firms, a list was drawn up in 2016. The final concern Monsanto takeover of Germany took place in July 2018.
May 10, French prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation against Monsanto. According to media reports, the list of people criticizing the products of the company, were about 200 people, including journalists and parliamentarians.
Litigation over glyphosate
Monsanto is not the first month is interest of law enforcement. In Monsanto produced the means for the destruction of weeds contains the herbicide glyphosate. In March a court in San Francisco recognized this chemical substance is a “significant factor” contributing to the development of cancer in 70 year old male, who actively used it for many years. Only in American courts is almost 13 and a half thousand lawsuits against Monsanto.
Among experts there is no consensus about the impact of glyphosate on human health. Previously, the Agency for environmental protection, the U.S. and several regulators in the European Union reported no risk of cancer resulting from the use of this herbicide. In turn, in 2015, the world health organization (who) said that the substance may be a carcinogen.