A group of health companies in India are suing the government for millions of dollars in damages after a report accused them of misdiagnosing and failing to treat patients who had died due to their use of a widely-used pesticide.
The Indian government says it has launched an investigation into the claims and that it is seeking to compensate the plaintiffs for damages caused.
The suit filed in the southern state of Gujarat alleges that the Indian government has “repeatedly” failed to provide proper and timely health care to millions of people who were exposed to the widely-preliminary herbicide, known as neonicotinoids.
The report, published in December, said that the use of neonic-containing pesticides, including imidacloprid, in the country had increased dramatically in the past decade and that neonic poisoning has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths.
India’s largest chemical company, BASF, and the Indian pesticide manufacturer Cipla both said in a joint statement that the lawsuit is baseless and the two companies have no knowledge of any such problem.
The government’s move to investigate claims of neo-poisoning in India came as a blow to the world’s third-largest agriculture industry, which had long relied on imports of neonicals from China and the United States.
But the move was welcomed by the country’s largest pesticide manufacturer, the Union of India Chemicals (UniC), which is also the world market leader in neonic chemicals.
The lawsuit says that the company has received thousands of complaints of neosporin poisoning and that the government should investigate and respond to them.
“The government of India has not conducted an investigation and no complaints have been filed with the authorities,” the suit says.
“The government is only investigating and investigating allegations of neonisporin exposure.”
Neonicotinoid use is a growing issue in India, which has about 30 percent of the world population and which has experienced the worst bee collapse in the history of the planet.
The World Health Organization says that neo’s pose a threat to bee populations.
The use of neonics is also rising in many parts of Africa, including parts of the Sahel region, which includes much of western and central Africa.
In India, a study by the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences found that nearly one in five children in the rural areas of Maharashtra had been exposed to neonic pesticides and that up to one in four of these children had died.
The pesticide is an insecticide with a long history of being used in India.
The chemical was first used in agriculture in the early 20th century, and is often used to control weeds and pests.