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EPA reaches settlement with Aldis Manufacturing for violating federal pesticide rules

Release Date: 06/04/2007
Contact Information: Contact: Chad Schulze, (206) 553-0505, schulze.chad@epa.gov or Tony Brown, (206) 553-1203, brown.anthony@epa.gov

(Portland, Ore – June 4, 2007) Today, Aldis Manufacturing LTD., (Aldis) located in Wilsonville, Oregon, reached a $3,120 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for importing improperly labeled pesticides, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

According to EPA, on February 5, 2007, Aldis submitted a Notice of Arrival of Pesticides and Devices (Notice of Arrival) through their import broker declaring that they planned to import 95,400 kilograms of their recently registered pesticide, “Kull 62 MUP.” “Kull 62 MUP” is a glyphosate-based chemical used in manufacturing other herbicide formulations and is produced in China.

FIFRA requires that importers submit a Notice of Arrival to EPA with information about any pesticide shipments due to enter the United States. EPA then reviews the Notice of Arrival to ensure that the pesticides comply with FIFRA and are properly registered and produced in EPA registered establishments before allowing them into the country.

Through conversations with Aldis and a February 13, 2007, inspection conducted by the Oregon Department of Agriculture on EPA’s behalf, EPA discovered that the individual containers of “Kull 62 MUP” lacked the EPA accepted label, and therefore were in violation of FIFRA.

“By law, all imported pesticides intended for use in the United States must be properly labeled and registered,” said Chad Schulze, EPA's Pesticide Enforcement Officer in Seattle. “This helps ensure that when used as directed, these pesticides do not pose a risk to human health and the environment.”

EPA is pleased that Aldis updated the misbranded labels of “Kull 62 MUP” quickly after they were told that the containers were improperly labeled.

For additional information about pesticides, visit: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/

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