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Verichem Settles Alleged Pesticide Violations

Release Date: 10/4/2001
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith 215-814-5543

Contact: Bonnie Smith 215-814-5543
PHILADELPHIA – Verichem Inc.of Pittsburgh, Pa. has agreed to pay a $13,860 penalty to settle alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

Under FIFRA, pesticide products and manufacturing facilities must be registered with EPA – a requirement designed to protect against dangerous or mishandled pesticide products, and false, misleading, or unverifiable product claims. FIFRA also prohibits the distribution or sale of unregistered, misbranded or adulterated pesticides.

According to EPA, Verichem unlawfully distributed an unregistered pesticide product called “N-521 Dispersion” to customers in Vermont and Alabama.

The settlement penalty reflects the company’s cooperation with EPA’s investigation of these alleged violations, prompt action to comply with FIFRA after the inspection, and agreement to settle this matter prior to the issuance of a formal complaint.

As part of the settlement, the company neither admitted nor denied liability, but has certified that it is now in compliance with FIFRA requirements.