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U.S. EPA fines Sparks company for selling misbranded pesticides

Release Date: 7/11/2005
Contact Information: Mark Merchant (415) 947-4297

     SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined Sierra Chemical Co. of Sparks, Nev. $28,800 for the alleged sale and distribution of a misbranded pesticide in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

     Sierra Chemical allegedly sold and distributed a product known as Sani-Chlor, a sanitizer, without proper labeling.  The product label had incorrect directions,  making it difficult for the consumer to understand the proper use of the product.
 
    "Improper labeling can result in harm to the consumer or environment," said Enrique Manzanilla, director of EPA 's Communities and Ecosystems Division for the Pacific Southwest Region. "To ensure the safe use of pesticides registrants are required to provide accurate product information and instructions, which are linked to the EPA Registration Number."


     Before selling or distributing any pesticide in the United States, companies are required to register the pesticide with the EPA.  Registered pesticides are labeled with a registration number used for product tracking purposes.  Also required on the label is information concerning the producer and name, brand or trademark under which the pesticide is sold, as well as directions for use and other information to provide consumers with the information they need to use the products safely.

    For more information, visit:
http://www.epa.gov/compliance/civil/fifra .
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