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Online Pet Supply Company Based in Olathe, Kan., to Pay $3,400 Penalty for Selling Misbranded, Repackaged Pesticide for Dogs

Release Date: 09/27/2010
Contact Information: Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394, whitley.christopher@epa.gov



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Kansas City, Kan., Sept. 27, 2010) – A pet supply retailer based in Olathe, Kan., has agreed to pay a $3,400 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it sold a misbranded, repackaged version of a canine flea and tick pesticide through an online auction site.

Petspace LLC, of 19925 W. 161st Street, in Olathe, Kan., allegedly sold a quantity of Frontline Plus for Dogs through an eBay online auction on September 1, 2009, according to an administrative consent agreement filed today by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kan.

EPA alleges that the company’s sale of the pesticide was in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) because the product had been removed from its original packaging and labeling, and was repackaged by Petspace LLC with incomplete and improper labeling.

Petspace LLC, which sells pet supplies online at www.petsgohere.com , is not registered with EPA as being a pesticide producing establishment, according to the consent agreement.

The sale of unregistered, misbranded pesticides without child-resistant packaging and complete and proper labeling can pose serious risks to human health. In the case of pesticides intended for use on animals, it can also lead to misapplications of pesticides, and serious health risks for pets.

By agreeing to the settlement, Petspace LLC has certified that it is now in compliance with FIFRA and its regulations.

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Learn more about EPA’s civil enforcement of FIFRA:
http://www.epa.gov/compliance/civil/fifra/index.html