Swiss chemical company Syngenta, one of the world's biggest agribusiness companies, markets highly harmful pesticides in India. After Bayer, Syngenta is the second biggest pesticides firm in the Indian market. Gramoxone, one of the products Syngenta sells in India, contains the active ingredient Paraquat which is highly toxic and can lead to death if inhaled. Paraquat was banned in the European Union in 2007, and in the USA Gramoxone must include the warning "fatal in inhaled." But this warning is not included on the product sold in India, which states only "fatal if swallowed." This was uncovered in research for the Monitoring Report submitted by ECCHR in October 2015 to the Panel of Experts on Pesticides Management at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In April 2016, ECCHR, the Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PAN AP), and Public Eye presented Syngenta with the results of a survey of plantation workers on the effects of Gramoxone on the health of workers on two plantations in Indonesia and another in the Philippines. The submission documents interviews conducted with 39 workers in both countries and compares the results with Syngenta's recommendations on the use of its products. Syngenta must be aware of the conditions in Indonesia and the Philippines. But according to a response sent to ECCHR, the Swiss company has no plans to change how Paraquat/Gramoxone is sold. Syngenta merely referred to general training measures and promised to carry out its own follow-up research but has to date refused to make the results of this research available to ECCHR. Syngenta also maintains what it calls its "safe use" position, under which a pesticide causes no harm when used correctly. This approach disregards the actual conditions on the plantations in question.