EPA Bugs Pesticide Distributor With Lawsuit
Posted3.5.2012by Miles Jonyer
Wilbur-Ellis Company, a manufacturer of agricultural products, including pesticides, recently reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.
According to the EPA, Wilbur-Ellis Company's pesticides violated federal laws by omitting key information on product labels. Inspectors found that the company was selling the Supreme Oil product, and after 37 sales, the EPA issued a stop-sale order for the insecticide.
Scott Downey, manager of the EPA's pesticide unit, was quick to note the importance of labeling with pesticides. Improper usage could lead to serious injuries to humans and pets, as well as damage to the environment.
"Sellers and distributors of pesticides know that proper labeling is the law," Downey said. "These laws help ensure that agencies can track problem pesticides back to the producer when needed to protect public safety."
Despite strict labeling policies, the EPA recently found a number of pesticides being sold in New York that didn't meet these safety standards. Consumers should always be sure to check their pesticides before using them.