Fla. Chemical Maker Drops Pesticides Linked to Birth Defects
Monday, October 3, 2005
Ag-Mart Produce, the giant Florida tomato grower, is eliminating the use of some pesticides linked to birth defects following a lawsuit involving three seriously deformed babies born to field workers. It's good news, although the company will continue to use methyl bromide, a "banned" (apparently it's pretty simple to get an exemption) substance that is the only one of six suspected chemicals it's not discontinuing. Pesticide-related violation notices against Ag-Mart are expected from Florida and North Carolina in the next few days.