Shattercane case to hit court on Monday

Shattercane case to hit court on Monday

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Sorghum producers have taken Advanta Seeds to court, alleging seed purchased was contaminated with the weed shattercane.

Sorghum producers have taken Advanta Seeds to court, alleging seed purchased was contaminated with the weed shattercane.

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The long running shattercane class action against Advanta Seeds will finally hit the Queensland Supreme Court on Monday.

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THE LONG running class action over the alleged contamination of sorghum with seed from the noxious weed shattercane is set to finally hit the courts.

The case Mallonland and ME and JL Nitschke versus Advanta Seeds is due to proceed in the Queensland Supreme Court on Monday.

It relates to alleged contamination of sorghum seed between 2010 and 2014.

Since then there has been a protracted legal process which has not seen the issue resolved, with the class action to be heard next week being lodged in 2017.

It is expected the case, centring on Advanta's MR43 sorghum, will run for around four weeks.

Shattercane is an invasive weed that can be extremely difficult to eradicate once it becomes established.

As has been the case the entire way through, Advanta Seeds continues to vehemently deny any wrongdoing.

"We continue to work with our legal team to vigorously defend the allegations against us, none of which have been proven," Advanta Seeds spokesperson Barry Croker said.

He said the company was optimistic it would be successful.

"In respect of court process, we cannot speculate on the evidence to be presented as part of the action, nor an outcome, but we're confident in our stance.

"We maintain confidence in our stringent quality controls and the consistent application of these across our seed breeding and supply practices," Mr Croker said.

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