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EPA fines pesticide company

May 1, 2013

NEW YORK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a legal complaint against the Caribbean Corporation of Little Ferry, New Jersey, for violating federal pesticides law, according to a press release.

The company faces fines of up to $51,200 for importing pesticides into the U.S. from Mexico without first properly notifying the EPA, and for importing, selling and distributing unregistered and misbranded pesticides, the release stated.

According to the release, under federal law, products used to kill pests, including antibacterial cleaners and disinfectants, must be registered with the EPA and contain labels written in English with instructions on their proper use.

"Pesticides can make people sick, particularly if they are not used according to instructions. Companies that import pesticides into the U.S. without making sure these products are properly labeled put people’s health and safety at risk. It is imperative that importers and store owners remove unregistered or mislabeled pesticides from their shelves to help protect the health of their customers," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck.

EPA inspections of the Caribbean Corporation’s Little Ferry facility in May 2012 revealed the company was selling bottles of Fabuloso, a liquid cleaner, and Clorox, a liquid bleach, that had not been registered with the EPA, the release noted.

The labels on the bottles of Fabuloso stated it was antibacterial and the labels on the Clorox products stated it was a disinfectant, making both products subject to federal pesticide law, the release added.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.