World Channel: 80 tonnes of banned pesticides imported from Spain, an open investigation

22:55  21 november  2020
22:55  21 november  2020 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Justice has launched an investigation into trafficking which has allowed the illegal importation from Spain of 80 tonnes of pesticides banned in France. Phytosanitary products were widely used in the Credits sector ( Manche ), renowned for its carrots.

These 80 tonnes of dichloropropene-based products have been imported since 2018, the prosecution said on Thursday. The same year, this substance was banned in France for "environmental reasons ". Twenty-three tons of phytosanitary products were also seized, said the prosecution.

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A report made on June 19

On November 4 and 5, 20 people were interviewed in Manche, Gard and Pyrénées-Orientales as part of this investigation . These are 14 market gardeners, three importers resellers and three transporters. The majority of the accused "admitted having participated in the importation and use of this plant protection product", according to the press release.

These people could be prosecuted for placing on the market, possession and use, in an organized group, of plant protection products that do not benefit from an authorization. The investigation also relates to forgery and use of forgery, deceptive commercial practices, abuse of corporate assets, breach of trust, money laundering and laundering of tax fraud.

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