(March 28, 2:32 p.m., PACKER WEB EXCLUSIVE) Plant City, Fla.-based Ag-Mart Inc. has settled a lawsuit with a migrant farmworker couple who had sued the company for allegedly misusing of pesticides that caused birth defects in their child.

According to a March 24 Associated Press report, the attorney representing the couple, who first brought suit against the tomato grower-shipper in 2006, said both parties agreed to a confidential settlement. The agreement, however, awaits a judge’s approval.

Citing the confidentiality of the deal, an Ag-Mart spokeswoman said the company had no comment on the agreement.

The mother in the suit, who picked tomatoes in Ag-Mart’s Florida and North Carolina fields, claimed the company negligently applied pesticides that allegedly caused her child to be born without arms or legs.

Ag-Mart officials have consistently denied wrongdoing and in the past cited independent studies that found no link between pesticides and children’s birth defects.

Ag-Mart Inc., which does business as Santa Sweets Inc., is owned by Joseph Procacci, who also owns Procacci Bros. Sales Corp., Philadelphia.