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Vernon firm pays U.S. EPA $4,160 for selling unregistered Brazilian pesticide

Release Date: 09/20/2006
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-1815

LOS ANGELES - Under the terms of a recent settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Landmark Enterprises of Vernon, Calif. agreed to pay $4,160 for allegedly selling an unregistered Brazilian pesticide in violation of federal law.

Based on an inspection conducted by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation in 2005, EPA enforcement officials determined that Landmark Enterprises was allegedly offering for sale “Pinho Lysol Bactericida,” an unregistered product imported from Brazil that is used as a home disinfectant. The sale, distribution or use of an unregistered pesticide in the United States is a violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

“Companies must ensure that all pesticide products they sell are properly registered with EPA, including pesticide products that are imported,” said Enrique Manzanilla, the EPA’s Communities and Ecosystems Division director for the EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region.

The EPA will not register a pesticide until it has been tested to show that it will not pose an unreasonable risk when used according to the directions. The agency also makes sure that pesticide labels provide consumers with the information they need to use the products safely. Pesticides that have been registered with the agency will have an EPA registration number on the label.

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