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Central American Workers Sue Dow and Amvac in California

11:36 AM MDT | August 7, 2007 | Kara Sissell

The first of several personal injury lawsuits filed by Central American banana workers against companies including Amvac, Dow Chemical, and Dole Fresh Fruit is poised to go to trial in California. Thousands of banana plantation workers have filed lawsuits in the U.S. seeking compensation for health problems, including male sterility, allegedly caused by workers’ contact with the pesticide dibromochloropropane (DBCP). Legacy concerns: Workers say exposure caused sterility, but companies deny claims. The U.S. banned DBCP in 1977, and the plaintiffs claim that...

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