Starbucks accused of exposing customers to toxic pesticides

Mike Montone
May 21, 2019 - 2:09 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Starbucks says a pair of lawsuits are an attempt to incite public fear.

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One is a class action that alleges Starbucks in Manhattan are contaminated with a dangerous pesticide. The other lawsuit claims three employees were fired for complaining about the danger.

“New Yorkers deserve to know what they are putting in their bodies and we call upon Starbucks to explain, as we allege in the complaint, its failure to take appropriate care for its customers’ well-being,” attorney Douglas H. Wigdor said.

The pesticide is called DDVP. The CDC says it can cause a number of potentially deadly medical issues. It's described as unfit for use around food, beverages, and people, but is commonly used in a product called 'No-Pest Strips.'

“However, they are explicitly not to be used anywhere human beings are present, and especially in situations where the pesticide could come into contact with food and/or drinks,” the lawsuit said.

Starbucks says that after hearing about this, it immediately told local owners to remove the products. It also says it consulted experts who concluded that customers and employees were not exposed to a health risk.

The company also said it takes the concerns of partners very seriously, and does not retaliate against them.

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