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EPA and International Dioxcide, Inc. reach settlement for federal pesticide rules violations

Release Date: 08/01/2006
Contact Information: Chris Gebhardt, (206) 553-0253, gebhardt.chris@epa.gov Jeff Philip, (206) 553-1465, philip.jeff@epa.gov

(Nampa, Idaho - Aug. 1, 2006) The Seattle office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that International Dioxcide, Inc. (IDI), a DuPont Company, will pay $21,840 for violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by selling and distributing pesticides with outdated and inaccurate labels.

On May 9 and December 7, 2005, the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) inspected BHS Acquisitions of Nampa, Idaho. During the inspections, ISDA collected sample labels of ASC SOLUTION, a 25 percent Aqueous Sodium Chlorite disinfectant for municipal and other potable water systems and food processing systems. IDI registered this product with EPA as ADOX 8125 and allowed, under a written agreement, BHS Acquisitions to supplementally distribute it as ASC SOLUTION. An EPA review of the ISDA inspection report showed that on six occasions, BHS Acquisitions sold ASC SOLUTION with an outdated label lacking key precautionary, first aid and physical and chemical hazard statements.

“A pesticide registration is a contract between EPA and pesticide-producing companies with terms established to protect human health and the environment,” said Chris Gebhardt, a FIFRA Enforcement Officer in EPA’s Regional Office in Seattle. “It’s important that registrants and their agents update pesticide labels in a timely way to ensure that users have access to better information.”

EPA is pleased that IDI and BHS Acquisitions updated the label of ASC SOLUTION quickly after they were told that the label was outdated.

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