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U.S. EPA Fines Arcadia Company for Selling Mislabeled Disinfectants

Release Date: 4/8/2004
Contact Information: Lisa Fasano, 415-947-4307

     SAN FRANCISCO   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fined Elio E. Salvo Inc., doing business as Miracle Sealants Company of Arcadia Calif., $13,200 for allegedly selling a mislabeled pesticide product named "Miracle Disinfectant,  a violation of EPA's pesticide regulations.
     A review of the label showed that it did not adequately warn consumers of the potential risks involved with use of this product.  The label was lacking information consistent with the EPA approved labeling requirements for ingredients, precautionary statements and application methods.  This information is necessary to communicate effective use of the product.  

     "Pesticide registrants are responsible for ensuring that the labels on their product contain the necessary instructions," said Enrique Manzanilla, EPA's director of the pesticide division for the Pacific Southwest region.  "Precautionary information is necessary to ensure consumers use the product safely."

     The EPA registers pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.  Properly registered products have labels that list their ingredients, their human, environmental, physical and chemical hazards, and information on  their use, storage and disposal.
     The alleged violation was noted after an inspection by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
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