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Pesticide News Story: Guidance on Pesticide Product Warranty Statements Available

For Release: October 20, 2006

Most, if not all, pesticide labels contain some type of warranty disclaimer language. EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) has posted on its Web site a document that provides a discussion and examples of warranty statements for pesticide products that the Agency considers either acceptable or unacceptable. OPP is aware that some warranty disclaimer statements that contain potentially false or misleading language, or words and phrases that are in some way objectionable. Additionally, OPP is frequently asked by applicants/registrants about warranty disclaimer language they wish to place on pesticide labels. Therefore, OPP is posting on its Web site the Agency’s guidance on warranty statements.

These examples do not represent any change in EPA policy concerning warranties and disclaimers of liability for pesticide products. Rather, they are intended to assist pesticide registrants in complying with existing policy, as well as provide guidance to Agency staff who review product labels. The warranty guidance document can be accessed at on the Web site in the "Labeling Resources" box. You may access the pdf file directly at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/regulating/labels/warranty.pdf.

For additional information, contact Michele Knorr (knorr.michele@epa.gov), EPA Office of General Counsel, by telephone at 202-564-5631 .

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