• Costa Rica Coffee Guide
  • Costa Rica Travel Insurance

Costa Rica plantation workers sue 3 banana companies over pesticide use

June 4, 2012

More than 1,000 banana plantation workers from Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama are suing Dow Chemical Co., Dole Food Co. and Fresh Del Monte Produce over alleged injuries from pesticide use, Bloomberg reported on Monday.

The chemical dibromochloropropane (DBCP) was used until 1977 on banana plantations all over the world. It has been linked to a series of health problems, Bloomberg noted, including sterility, miscarriages, birth defects, cancer and kidney damage, among others. The Bloomberg report cited eight separate complaints filed since May 31 in a federal court in the U.S. state of Delaware.

The pesticide, banned in the U.S. in 1979, was used to eliminate invasive worms, but workers wore no protective clothing and were not aware of the health risks, plaintiffs argue.

Bloomberg noted that more than 16,000 Latin American workers have sued in U.S. courts over the chemical’s use in the past two decades, but judges dismissed most cases, saying that workers should sue in their home countries’ courts.

You may be interested

Costa Rica still plans to negotiate with the IMF, Alvarado says
Costa Rica
1026 views
Costa Rica
1026 views

Costa Rica still plans to negotiate with the IMF, Alvarado says

Alejandro Zúñiga - December 4, 2020

President Carlos Alvarado still intends for Costa Rica to negotiate with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to address the country's…

News briefs: Costa Rica news highlights to start your Friday
Costa Rica
2208 views
Costa Rica
2208 views

News briefs: Costa Rica news highlights to start your Friday

Alejandro Zúñiga - December 4, 2020

Happy Friday from The Tico Times! Here's the news you should know as a new day starts in Costa Rica.…

Unemployment and underemployment rates remain high in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
2272 views
Costa Rica
2272 views

Unemployment and underemployment rates remain high in Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - December 3, 2020

Unemployment in Costa Rica was 21.9% in the August-October quarter, slightly lower than the previous period but still significantly higher than the…