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U.S. EPA settles with Westbridge Agricultural Products, protects public from mislabeled product

Release Date: 09/29/2008
Contact Information: Margot Perez-Sullivan, (415) 947-4149, perezsullivan.margot@epa.gov

Company to pay over $23,000 for pesticides violations

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with Westbridge Agricultural Products of Vista, Calif., for $23,400 for allegedly distributing a pesticide that lacked important safety information and directions for use.

Through an inspection in December 2007, the EPA determined that Westbridge Agricultural Products, a registered pesticide producer located at 1260 Avenida Chelsea, distributed “Soil Triggrr” using pesticide labels not currently accepted by the EPA, which failed to list proper first aid and human hazards.

Under Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act regulations, “Soil Triggrr” is considered a pesticide and is registered with the EPA. The product is designed to improve the growth of a wide variety of agricultural commodities.

"Pesticide labels communicate to the public the risks and preventive measures to take when using these products,” said Katherine Taylor, associate director of the Communities and Ecosystems Division of the EPA’s Pacific Southwest office. "Pesticide producers are required to use only labels that have been accepted by the EPA and to keep those labels updated."

Producers, sellers, and distributors must ensure that pesticides are labeled with an EPA Registration Number, an EPA Establishment Number that identifies the production facility, information concerning the producer, directions for use and other safety information necessary to protect consumers and the environment.

For more information on the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, please visit the EPA's Web site at: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/civil/fifra/ .

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