FILE IMAGE: Bayer’s Roundup herbicide atomizers are displayed for sale at a garden shop near Brussels, Belgium November 27,2017 REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Image
May 11, 2019
FRANKFURT (Reuters)– Bayer said on Saturday it did not accept “dishonest behavior” following a French investigation into a suspected file put together by the German company’s seed making system Monsanto to affect various characters in France.
The French district attorney said on Friday it had actually opened the probe after a problem was submitted by everyday newspaper Le Monde.
According to the newspaper and other French media, Monsanto built up a file of some 200 names that consists of journalists and legislators in the hope of affecting their positions on pesticides.
The file, Le Monde reported, dates from 2016 and was leaked by U.S public relations and marketing firm FleishmanHillard.
In an emailed declaration, Bayer decreased to discuss the examination, saying it did not know which records the allegations referred to.
” We stand for openness and a reasonable treatment of all interest groups. We do decline any dishonest behavior in our business,” it said. “That uses obviously for the information privacy policies in the particular nations as well.”
FleishmanHillard said on Friday it would examine the claims in Le Monde. The business will “examine the questions raised by particular media outlets about the lists of stakeholders that consisted of openly offered information,” it stated in a statement.
Bayer, which acquired Monsanto in a $63 billion offer last year, faces mounting litigations over its weedkiller Roundup, a systemic, broad-spectrum glyphosate-based herbicide.
A U.S. jury in August 2018 found the business responsible since Monsanto had not cautioned users of supposed cancer threats connected to Roundup.
Bayer suffered a similar defeat over the weedkiller last month, while more than 13,000 complainants are claiming damages. The business stated last month it planned to defend itself in all claims.
(Reporting by Douglas Busvine in Frankfurt; Modifying by Richard Lough and Clelia Oziel)