Pesticide spraying in a Bordeaux vineyard that is believed to have made several school children sick may lead to criminal prosecution after an environmental group filed an official complaint.
The Sepanso, a non-profit body based in the Gironde area, has formally requested the public prosecutor in Libourne to investigate the alleged misuse of anti-rot sprays at a vineyard in Villeneuve-de-Bayle.On 5 May, 23 children fell ill at a junior school in the commune, and several were briefly hospitalised. A report by health and agriculture agencies of the regional Aquitaine government found the children's symptoms matched those of pesticide exposure.The name of the vineyard has not been given.It is thought pesticide residues were blown onto school grounds by the wind. Winemakers are not allowed to spray vines in urban areas when the wind is above a particular speed. The school’s parents have met with local government official Jerome Burckel, as well as with the president of the
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