CHICAGO, April 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Region 5 today issued "stop sale, use or removal" orders
to Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. and two affiliates, barring the distribution and
sale of two more misbranded pesticides. Labels on both products make false
or misleading claims and one product lacks safety instructions as required
Products affected by these orders are "Scotts Bonus S Max Southern Weed
& Feed And Fire Ant Killer," "Scotts Turf Builder Max Plus 2 Weed & Feed
And Crabgrass Preventer" and related pesticide products which can be
identified by EPA registration numbers 538-301 and 538-299 listed on their
packages. Both products are currently registered with EPA. Earlier this
week, EPA requested and Scotts agreed to carry out a recall of these
A pesticide is misbranded if its label makes false or misleading
claims, or does not provide required warning or caution statements that
protect public health and the environment. For example, first aid
instructions such as "Call a poison control center or doctor for treatment
advice" may be necessary.
"Scotts' actions indicate a pattern of disregard for the country's
pesticide laws," said Region 5 Administrator Mary A. Gade. "Proper
registration, branding and labeling along with accurate product claims and
mandatory safety instructions are crucial so that consumers can have
confidence in the pesticide products they use at home. EPA is taking every
step necessary to make sure these products are also quickly removed from
the marketplace so that further public exposure can be eliminated."
Due to the false and misleading labels, consumers are advised not to
use these two products and to store them in a safe, cool and dry place such
as a garage or utility shed. Do not dispose of them down the drain, in the
garbage or at a community disposal site.
Earlier this week, EPA issued stop sale, use or removal orders against
Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., Scotts Lawn Service, three more Scotts Miracle-Gro
affiliates and the nine major retailers Home Depot, Lowe's, Wal-Mart, Ace,
Do-It-Best, True Value, Sam's Club, Meijer and K-Mart, related to two other
Scotts Miracle-Gro pesticides with invalid EPA registration numbers.
Those other two products have the invalid EPA registration numbers
62355-4 and 538-304. Invalid registration number 62355-4 is marketed under
names including "Garden Weed Preventer Plus Plant Food" and "Miracle-Gro
Shake 'n Feed All Purpose Plant Food Plus Weed Preventer." Invalid
registration number 538-304 is used primarily by Scotts Lawn Service, a
lawn care company. It is marketed under names including "Scotts Lawn
Service Fertilizer with .28% Halts," "Scotts Lawn Service Fertilizer 0-0-7
Plus .28% Halts Pro," "Scotts Lawn Service Fertilizer 14-2-5 Plus .28%
Halts Pro" and "Scotts Lawn Service Fertilizer 22-0-8 Plus .28% Halts Pro."
EPA and its state partner Ohio Department of Agriculture are conducting
a laboratory analysis of the unregistered 62355-4 and 538-304 products.
Updated information will be posted online when it becomes available.
Updated information about Scott's recall effort will be posted online
as it becomes available at www.epa.gov/reg5rcra/ptb/news/.
An EPA consumer hot-line to answer questions about the Scotts recall
effort has been established at 888-838-1304 (9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Central
Daylight Time). Questions may also be answered by the National Pesticide
Information Center at 800-858-7378 (6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight
Time, including weekends).
Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, all
pesticides must be submitted to EPA for review, evaluation and registration
to ensure that they do not pose an unreasonable risk to human health or the
environment. EPA's review and registration process is internationally
recognized. Pesticide products that have not undergone EPA review may pose
unwanted risks to human health and the environment.
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SOURCE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency