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U.S. EPA settles with a Southern California firm for $9,600 for selling unregistered pesticides in Guam

Release Date: 9/28/2005
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-1815, Cell: (213) 798-1404, Main press line: (415) 947-8700

LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with W & W Marketing Corporation of Rosemead, Calif., near Los Angeles, $9,600 for the alleged sale and distribution of two unregistered pesticides, in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

W & W Marketing Corporation distributed unregistered swimming pool disinfectants that are considered pesticides under federal law. The pesticides - originally shipped from China - were found in Tamuning, Guam.

"Companies involved in the distribution of pesticide products, including brokers, shippers and importers, must ensure that the products are in compliance with federal pesticide regulations," said Enrique Manzanilla, director of the EPA 's Communities and Ecosystems Division for the Pacific Southwest Region." Responsibility for the legal distribution of pesticides lies with all participating parties - not just with the producer or store where the pesticides are sold."

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 minimize risks and exposure when using the product.

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