Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Syngenta shifts blame to grain handlers

Syngenta, facing huge damage claims from farmers, has filed court action against grain handlers, blaming them for the 2013 rejection of corn exports to China.

The Chinese found some of Syngenta’s genetically-modified corn variety, one that had not been approved by the Chinese, in the shipments.

Syngenta has filed a third party claim against Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and two other smaller grain handlers.

The company argues if Syngenta is blamed for damages due to the export rejection of MIR162, commercial name Agrisure Viptera, then grain handlers are also at fault for physically sending it to China and other governments before receiving approval.

The claim was filed in the U.S. District Court of Kansas.

Thousands of farmers are suing Syngenta over the rejection, alleging that the company caused loss of corn sales and resulted in economic losses all because they marketed Viptera before it had approvals.