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EPA SETTLES WITH ECOSAFE OF ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. FOR VIOLATIONS OF PESTICIDE LAWS

 ATLANTA, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the settlement of an administrative enforcement action against EcoSafe Products, Inc., St. Augustine, Fla., for alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
 The settlement requires EcoSafe to pay a $22,500 penalty, the largest FIFRA penalty ever assessed by the southeastern regional office of EPA.
 In May 1993, EPA filed an administrative civil complaint alleging that EcoSafe had sold unregistered pesticidal products in Florida, Indiana, Oregon and New Jersey. These products include EcoSafe Diatomaceous Earth, EcoSafe Pyrethrum Powder, EcoSafe Skeeter Shoo, Natural Animal 100 percent Herbal Dog Powder, Natural Animal 100 percent Herbal Cat Powder, and Natural Animal 100 percent Dog Flea Powder.
 In addition to paying an administrative penalty, EcoSafe is required to seek registration of its Pyrethrum products and change the labeling on the products to comply with FIFRA; either register its diatomaceous earth product with EPA or cease sale and distribution of Diatom Dust; stop sale and distribution of Skeeter Shoo in the United States until the product is properly registered or EPA determines that it does not require registration; and comply with pesticide export regulations if Skeeter Shoo is exported.
 FIFRA defines pesticide as "any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any pest." According to Section 3(a) of FIFRA, prior to distribution or sale, all pesticides must be registered with EPA.
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 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson, press office, United States Environmental Protection Agency, 404-347-3004/


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