In February 2017, the chamber’s department of plant protection has responded that it is not obliged to further examine the complaint.
Upon ECCHR’s submission, the chamber launched an initial investigation into the export of Nativo and found that Bayer sends the pesticide to India in “big bags.” These do include a warning about the risks to unborn children, but the warning is absent from the products as sold in India. The chamber admitted that there was no monitoring of pesticides between 2014 and 2016, stating that they had no “indication that there were any nothworthy issues.” From October 2016, a national working group began working on a monitoring system.
In July 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture in New Delhi opened investigatory proceedings against Bayer subsidiary Bayer CropScience Ltd. (India) concerning the mislabeling and sale of Nativo in India. This follows a petition submitted to the ministry by the Indian civil movement Swadeshi Andolan in December 2015. ECCHR assisted with the petition by providing legal expertise.