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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.

The Palm Beach Post's coverage of this article, with links to more information on the three babies' trial, is here, and EWG's pesticide page is here.


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