May. 23, 2019
Bayer's public relations headaches over its mammoth takeover of Monsanto intensified Tuesday, as a scandal about "watch lists" of pro- or anti-pesticides figures kept by the U.S. group snowballed across Europe. The German group said the lists covered politicians, journalists and others across seven European countries and in Brussels.
Bayer's admission adds to the company's woes that have piled up since it acquired Monsanto for $63 billion in 2018 -- one of the largest in German corporate history -- which has also lumbered it with a massive burden of health-related lawsuits.
The Leverkusen-based group said Tuesday that PR agency FleishmanHillard "drew up lists of stakeholders in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and United Kingdom, as well as regarding stakeholders related to EU institutions" on Monsanto's behalf.