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U.S. EPA fines Reno personal care products distributor $11,200

Release Date: 10/01/2007
Contact Information: Marc Mowrey, (415) 972-3324

SAN FRANCISCO – Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Jade Distribution Inc., a Reno-based distributor of locker room amenities and personal care products, agreed to an $11,200 fine for the company’s alleged sale and distribution of an unregistered pesticide.

The EPA determined that Jade Distribution Inc. was selling as an anti-microbial pesticide a cleaning product it called “Anti-Bac Facility Wipes”, which was not registered with the EPA.

“Companies marketing cleaning products must be careful when naming such products. They cannot use a name which implies pesticidal properties,” said Katherine Taylor, associate director of the Communities and Ecosystems Division in the EPA’s Pacific Southwest region. “Furthermore, companies must ensure that all products that claim to act as pesticides are registered with the EPA.”

The violation was discovered during October 2006 inspections performed by the Nevada Department of Agriculture at the facility in Reno.

The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act regulates the sale, distribution, and use of pesticides within the United States. False, misleading, or unverifiable product claims are prohibited. Before selling or distributing any pesticide in the United States, companies must register the pesticide with the EPA. Each producer, seller, and distributor is required pursuant to federal law to ensure that the registered pesticide is labeled in accordance with agency requirements.

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