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German pharmaceutical company that gave us Aspirin.
Apart from manufacturing Zyklon B and using slave labor in its factory’s during WW2 this company is also accused of...
contaminating American rice crop with unapproved genetically engineered Bayer CropScience rice
financing the civil war in Democratic Republic of Congo
causing the death of thousands of hemophiliacs by giving them products infected with HIV
Causing the death of 31 people in the USA with its anti-cholesterol drug, Baycol
killing 24 children in the remote Andean village of Tauccamarca, Peru with its powdered milk substitute that had been contaminated with methyl parathion.
The Bayer company then became part of IG Farben, a conglomerate of German chemical industries that formed a part of the financial core of the German Nazi regime. IG Farben owned 42.5% of the company that manufactured Zyklon B, a chemical used in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and other extermination camps. During World War II, the company also extensively used slave labor in factories attached to large slave labor camps, notably the sub-camps of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. When the Allies split IG Farben into several pieces after World War II for involvement in organized Nazi war crimes, Bayer reappeared as an individual business. The Bayer executive Fritz ter Meer, sentenced to seven years in prison by the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, was made head of the supervisory board of Bayer in 1956, after his release.