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U.S. EPA settles case for $16,290 against So Cal company for pesticide violations

Release Date: 09/11/2006
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-1815

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement for $16,290 with DECCO Cerexagri, Inc., of Monrovia, Calif., for four violations of federal pesticide law, including the alleged sale and distribution of three pesticides with inadequate labeling and the failure to identify these pesticides in a 2005 report.

The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act requires that export-only pesticides be conspicuously labeled as such to prevent the use of unregistered pesticides in the United States. The EPA cited DECCO Cerexagri for failing to include the required statement: “Not Registered for Use in the United States of America”. In addition, because these pesticides were not identified in the annual pesticide production report, the EPA cited the company for submitting a pesticide production report with major omissions of required information.

“Federal law requires that unregistered pesticides produced solely for export carry a statement that the product is not registered for use in the United States,” said Enrique Manzanilla, the Communities and Ecosystems Division director for the EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region. “In addition, accurate reports detailing a company’s pesticide production are necessary in the EPA’s effort to ensure safe management and distribution of these pesticides.”

The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act provisions protect public health and the environment by requiring safe handling and application of pesticides and by preventing false or misleading product claims.

This settlement was based on an inspection performed by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation in February, 2006.

For more information on pesticide regulation and enforcement, please visit the EPA’s website at: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/civil/fifra/index.html
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