Illegal use of pesticide

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June 19, 2020
Final judgment
France, Coutances

Unions, Environmental NGOs
Confédération paysanne, France Nature Environnement, Manche Nature, Générations Futures
Anonymous
Philippe de Castro

Criminal court
Nematicide, Dichloropropene
Penalties of €8,000 to 100,000 for: placing on the market, possession and use, in an organized group, of unauthorized plant protection products; forgery and use of forgeries, in particular by legal entities; misleading commercial practices; abuse of corporate assets; breach of trust; money laundering and tax fraud.
Regional branch of the Court of Caen, Criminal Court of Coutances, France
Court

September 1, 2021
Positive
8 vegetable farms and their 3 intermediaries sentenced to fines ranging from €10,000 to 80,000. The intermediary who ordered the products in Spain sentenced to €80.000 of fines including 30.000 with suspended sentence. The man who grouped the orders was fined €60,000, of which €30,000 was suspended. The company of agricultural work which spread the product at night and made false pruning invoices condemned to €20.000 of fine of which 10.000 with suspension.
National law
No description

Eight vegetable farms and their three intermediaries have been charged with possession or use of dichloropropene, a product classified as a probable carcinogen, banned by the European Union since 2009 and in France since 2018. The product has been used for decades by carrot producers in Créances (Manche) and the surrounding area. Following the report communicated to the prosecutor's office of Coutances on June 19, 2020, an investigation determined that banned products were illegally imported from Spain and used and spread in the area of Créances. The trial took place from 18 to 20 May 2021. The eight vegetable farms and their three intermediaries were fined on Sept. 1, 2021, between 10,000 and 80,000 euros for trafficking 132 tons of a banned pesticide imported from Spain.