Global Ag business Monsanto has come under the spotlight after analysis of a data dump of thousands of files have revealed it continued to produce and sell hazardous chemicals for eight years despite known the health risks.
More than 20,000 documents have been published as part of the Poision paper project which was launched by Bioscience Resource Project and the Centre for Media and Democracy the Guardian reports.
Monsanto are now facing a legal case brought by the US state of Washington which is suing the company for a clean up operation of PCB chemicals.
(PCB’s are polychlorinated biphenyls and were used in coolants and lubrication in electrical equipment)
Monsanto’s Vice president for global strategy Scott Partridge did not dispute the veracity of the documents but denied any impropriety. He told the Guardian:
‘More than 40 years ago, the former Monsanto voluntarily stopped production and sale of PCBs prior to any federal requirement to do so. At the time Monsanto manufactured PCBs, they were a legal and approved product used in many useful applications. Monsanto has no liability for pollution caused by those who used or discharged PCBs into the environment.”
Monsanto was recently acquired in a large take over by chemical giant Bayer for a reproted $66 bn.