EPA Orders Scotts to Stop Sales of Two More Pesticides With False or Misleading Labels

Apr 25, 2008, 01:00 ET from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    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
 by EPA.
     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
 additional products.
     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