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Bayer claims to tolerate no unethical behavior, as France examines the Monsanto file



  FILE PHOTO: Bayer's Roundup weed killer is being put up for sale in a garden shop near Brussels.
FILE PHOTO: Bayer's Roundup weed killers are offered for sale in a garden shop near Brussels, Belgium. November 27, 2017. REUTERS / Yves Herman / File photo

11. May 2019

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Bayer declared Saturday that after a French investigation into a suspected case compiled by Monsanto, a German seed producer, it did not accept "unethical behavior" to influence various personalities in France.

The French prosecutors said Friday that they opened the probe after a complaint had been filed by the daily newspaper Le Monde.

According to the newspaper and other French media, Monsanto has produced a file with around 200 names, in which journalists and legislators are represented in the hope of influencing their positions on pesticides.

The file is from the years 201

6 and 2006, reported Le Monde was leaked by the US PR and marketing agency FleishmanHillard.

In a statement sent by e-mail, Bayer rejected a statement on the investigation, stating that it did not know which documents were alleged.

"We stand for openness and a fair dealing with all interest groups. We do not accept unethical behavior in our company, "it said. "Of course, this also applies to the privacy policy in the respective countries."

FleishmanHillard said Friday he will investigate the allegations at Le Monde. The company will "investigate the questions posed by certain media about stakeholder lists that contain publicly available information," a statement said.

Bayer, which acquired $ 63 billion last year from Monsanto, faces increasing litigation over Roundup, a broad-spectrum glyphosate-based herbicidal herbicide.

A US jury found the company responsible in August 2018 because Monsanto had not warned users of suspected cancer risks related to Roundup.

Bayer suffered a similar defeat over the weed killer last month, while more than 13,000 claimants claim damages. The company said last month that it intends to defend itself in all litigation.

(Reporting by Douglas Busvine in Frankfurt, editorial by Richard Lough and Clelia Oziel)


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