Paraquat is a safe and effective herbicide when used as directed on the label. However, for a number of reasons, suicide with agrochemicals is a tragic and regrettable social problem particularly in some less developed countries. Agrochemicals are also occasionally involved in cases of accidental ingestion, most often as a consequence of individuals breaching recommended practice by decanting product into unlabelled beverage bottles.
Syngenta is actively working to minimize such incidents through supporting suicide prevention and end-user training programs (see Good Growth Plan).
Syngenta products, especially paraquat, are sometimes involved into health incidents. For providing information and guidance to physicians regarding diagnosis, first aid and hospital treatment after exposure to paraquat Syngenta has compiled a document summarizing the actual status of knowledge.