Banana Workers Sue Chiquita, Dole, Others

Hundreds of Latin American banana plantation workers are claiming that Chiquita Brands International, Dole Foods Co., Dow Chemicals Co. and other multinational companies knowingly exposed them to a potentially harmful pesticide that is banned in the United States, according to Courthouse News Service.

The Charlotte Business Journal says that eight lawsuits have been filed in state and federal courts in Delaware since May 31, all alleging that the defendants failed to provide workers with protective covering or equipment while injecting DBCP into the soil or spraying it over the fields. The workers claim the exposure has resulted in infertility, cancer, compromised renal systems and other illnesses.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed DBCP a probable carcinogen and has banned domestic use of the chemical.



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