LENEXA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Oct. 13 it has settled with Albaugh LLC after allegations the company violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by misbranding pesticides. Albaugh will pay a penalty of $112,684.
FIFRA regulates the sale and distribution of pesticides in the United States. In 2013, inspectors from the Missouri Department of Agriculture examined Albaugh’s St. Joseph, facility and allegedly found 21 instances of FIFRA violations. This included 16 instances of distribution of misbranded pesticides and five instances of pesticide ingredients not matching the confidential statement of formulation.
In one example, a pesticide product that was ready for distribution at the time exceeded 125 percent of the label claim for Clopyralid. EPA notes that when companies distribute pesticides that do not match the confidential statement of formulation, human health and the environment can be put at risk.
All pesticides distributed or sold in the U.S. must be registered by EPA in accordance with FIFRA.
Albaugh has taken the necessary steps to address the alleged violations and come into compliance with FIFRA.