Ag-Mart Fined $3,000

The North Carolina Pesticide Board has fined Ag-Mart $3,000 after deciding it could prove only six of about 200 worker safety accusations against the Florida-based tomato grower.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that North Carolina's board originally wanted to fine the company $185,000.

The case started more than three years ago, beginning after three Ag-Mart workers gave birth to deformed babies. One baby had no arms or legs.

The company grows tomatoes in Brunswick County in North Carolina
and in Florida and New Jersey.

Ag-Mart attorney Mark Ash says the company is not guilty of any of the worker safety charges.

Pesticide board members would not talk about the case Thursday.

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