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EPA takes action against illegal pesticide sales

April 27, 2012

NEW YORK — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued legal complaints against two Brooklyn stores for violating federal pesticides law by selling and distributing illegal pesticides, according to a press release.

Products used to kill pests must be registered with the EPA to ensure that they will not make people sick and contain labels with instructions on their proper use, the release stated.

According to the release, in September 2011, EPA inspections of two Brooklyn establishments revealed that they were selling various pesticide products that had not been registered with the EPA.

"The sale of illegal pesticides puts the health and safety of our communities at risk," said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck.

"Store owners have a responsibility to make sure the pesticide products they sell have the required EPA labels. I encourage all retailers to check their shelves to make sure they are not endangering the health of their customers by selling illegal pesticides," Enck added.

Click here to read the complete release.