Progressive Nutrition fined by EPA over pesticide violations

01 November 2013 18:58  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Pesticide producer Progressive Nutrition has agreed to pay a $125,000 (€92,500) civil penalty to settle allegations by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, the agency announced on Friday.

According to the EPA, the violations by the Norfolk, Nebraska, producer are from the distribution of misbranded and unregistered pesticides. The settlement between the company and the EPA stems from an inspection of Progressive Nutrition's facility in September 2011.

EPA officials said that they discovered that, between 2010 and 2011, the company manufactured 10 different pesticides despite not being registered as a producing operation as required by federal regulations.

Additionally, on at least 63 occasions during that same time period, the company sold unregistered and misbranded pesticides that did not contain a valid EPA registration number or directions for usage or storage and failed to contain instructions for disposal.

Per federal guidelines, distributors of pesticides must ensure that the labels on products sold contain the required cautionary information as found on labels filed with the EPA and that the pesticides are not given claims that differ from those filings with the federal agency.

EPA officials said as part of the settlement Progressive Nutrition has certified it is now in compliance with the federal pesticide regulations.

($1 = €0.74)


By: Mark Milam



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