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Pesticide Company to Pay $54,000 for Using Outdated Labeling

The Environmental Protection Agency is reporting that on at least 52 different occasions, the pesticide manufacturer, Or-Cal, sold and distributed its slug and snail bait products with outdated labeling in 2008-2009. Earlier this week, the EPA reached a $54,080 settlement with the Oregon-based company for numerous violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

Or-Cal’s products, with the active ingredient metaldahyde, are potentially lethal to pets and moderately toxic to humans.

According to Scott Downey, manager of EPA’s pesticide unit in the Seattle office, pesticides must be properly labeled to ensure protection of human health and the environment.

“EPA is very concerned with ensuring that labeling in the marketplace matches language accepted by EPA in their label review process,” said EPA’s Downey. “When registrants do not keep their labels up-to-date it undermines the efforts EPA takes to ensure public safety.”

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