Environmental Protection

Bartlett Grain Settles Case on Pesticide Repackaging

A Missouri agricultural merchant has agreed to pay a $14,560 civil penalty to the United States to settle allegations that it repackaged and sold four different pesticides without proper authorization at its facility in Waverly, Mo., in 2008.

According to a consent agreement filed in Kansas City, Kan., recently, Bartlett Grain Company, LLC, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., was found to be in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) as a result of an inspection of its Waverly facility by the Missouri Department of Agriculture in November 2008.

The inspection and subsequent review of records revealed that the business distributed or sold repackaged forms of the pesticides Medal II; Atra-5; Lo-Vol 4 2,4-D; and Parallel; all without having prior written authorization from the legal registrants of those products, as required by FIFRA.

As a result of the enforcement action, Bartlett Grain has since obtained the necessary written authorizations for all pesticide products that it repackages at the Waverly facility.

"The proper packaging and labeling of pesticides is important to farmers and consumers alike, because it protects public health and safety, and it also protects the environment," Regional Administrator Karl Brooks said. "EPA is committed to the enforcement of these regulations."

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