May 12, 2019 / 2:17 PM / a year ago

Bayer hires law firm to investigate Monsanto stakeholder file issue

FRANKFURT, May 12 (Reuters) - Bayer said on Sunday it was hiring an outside law firm to investigate French media complaints that Monsanto, the U.S. seed maker it took over last year, had compiled a file of influential personalities.

The German life sciences and pharmaceuticals group said that, following an internal review, it understood that this initiative had raised concerns and criticism.

"This is not the way Bayer seeks dialogue with society and stakeholders. We apologise for this behaviour," Bayer said in a statement. It added, however, that there was no indication that compiling the lists was illegal. (Reporting by Patricia Weiss and Ludwig Burger Writing by Douglas Busvine Editing by Keith Weir)

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