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Pesticide maker agrees to EPA pesticide settlement


A Harrisburg, Ore., pesticide manufacturer on July 12 agreed to pay a $54,080 settlement to the federal Environmental Protection Agency for using outdated labeling.



The EPA found Or-Cal used the outdated labeling on its private label slug and snail bait at least 52 times in 2008 and 2009.



The agency issued a stop sale order in 2009. The order was lifted after the company brought its label into compliance, according to an EPA pesticide official.



Or-Cal manufactures and packages pesticides under its private label and for other companies.



The infractions occurred on the company's private label, said Derrick Terada, an official in EPA's Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act program.



The infractions involved discrepancies in where the product could be used and in the label's first aid statement, Terada said.



The infractions were uncovered during routine inspection, Terada said.



Terada said it appeared the infractions were unintentional.



"It seemed like an honest mistake," Terada said.



EPA takes into account the level of a violation, intent, toxicity of product, and a company's cooperation and willingness to comply when assessing penalties, Terada said.



--Mitch Lies



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