A Mexican judge has sided with Bayer AG (BAYGn.DE) in a legal challenge to a government plan to prohibit glyphosate, according to the ruling seen by Reuters on Wednesday, providing temporary relief from a looming ban on the widely used herbicide.
Bayer, the German pharmaceutical and crop science company that acquired Monsanto in 2018, is one of the world's leading makers of glyphosate as part of its Roundup brand weed-killer.
The April 14 ruling, which is not publicly available, argues that the inability to use glyphosate risks negatively "affecting agricultural production and as a result, food security and sovereignty" that could force Mexico to import more corn.
In a statement to Reuters, Bayer defended the safety record of glyphosate, stressing that the legal case is ongoing and it awaits a definitive resolution.
The office of Judge Francisco Rebolledo, who issued the ruling, did not answer calls seeking comment.