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A French court has found U.S. chemical giant Monsanto Co. guilty of pesticide poisoning in the case of a French farmer who became ill after exposure to one of the company’s herbicides, according to Reuters. The case is significant in that it sets precedent for other cases alleging pesticide poisoning or negligence in reporting of potential effects on human health resulting from pesticides. The court has said it will seek an expert opinion regarding the farmer’s losses in order to determine the appropriate amount of damages he should be rewarded.

A French farmer who can no longer perform his routine farming duties because of permanent pesticide injuries has had his day in court, literally, and the perpetrator of his injuries found guilty of chemical poisoning. The French court in Lyon ruled that Monsanto's Lasso weedkiller formula, which contains the active ingredient alachlor, caused Paul Francois to develop lifelong neurological damage that manifests as persistent memory loss, headaches, and stuttering during speech.

Reports indicate that the 47-year-old farmer sued Monsanto back in 2004 after inhaling the Lasso product while cleaning his sprayer tank equipment. Not long after, Francois began experiencing lasting symptoms that prevented him from working, which he says were directly linked to exposure to the chemical. Since Lasso's packaging did not bear adequate warnings about the dangers of exposure, Francois alleged at the time that Monsanto was essentially negligent in providing adequate protection for its customers. Read More on this landmark case. ... k-case.htm

Introduction: Alachlor is an aniline herbicide used to control annual grasses and broadleaf weeds in field corn, soybeans, and peanuts. It is a selective systemic herbicide, absorbed by germinating shoots and by roots. It works by interfering with a plant's ability to produce protein and by interfering with root elongation.

Trade and Other Names: Trade names of commercial herbicides containing alachlor include Alanex, Bronco, Cannon, Crop Star, Lariat, Lasso, and Partner. It mixes well with other herbicides such as Bullet, Freedom, and Rasta, and is found in mixed formulations with atrazine, glyphosate, trifluralin, and imazaquin.

Regulatory Status: Alachlor is a Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP). RUPs may be purchased and used only by certified applicators. The EPA categorizes it as toxicity class III - slightly toxic. However, alachlor products bear the Signal Word DANGER on their labels because of their potential to cause cancer in laboratory animals.

Chemical Class: aniline ... r-ext.html ... achlor.cfm ... Id=PC35160

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