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(Reuters) – Dow Chemical Co, the world’s largest chemical company by market value, plans to use herbicides made by a South Korean company to combat pests, according to a document released on Monday by a government watchdog.
The company said in a statement the move is part of its commitment to “safeguarding the health and well-being of its customers and to enhancing our environmental stewardship and stewardship of natural resources.”
Dow and Samsung Electronics Co plan to use glyphosate, a weedkiller that was used in the U.S. military’s herbicide DDT, and its main competitor, Roundup, in the United States, Dow said in the document, which was released by the U,S.
government’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG).
The move follows years of public criticism that the U toil to develop the highly toxic herbicides at Dow’s South Korea plant.
Dow, a unit of Dow Chemical Inc, has said it is committed to using the best available science to protect the health of its consumers and environment.
In response, a South Korea official said on March 7 that the country had ordered a moratorium on imports of glyphosate, one of the chemicals used by the United Kingdom’s Royal Society to combat crop pests.
The South Korean government has said that while it is concerned about the impact of glyphosate on South Korea’s environment, it has no legal or regulatory authority to order imports of the chemical.
In April, Dow Chemical and Samsung agreed to work together on an agreement to develop and market herbicides that would have a similar environmental impact to DDT and other herbicides, according the document.
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