Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined for Federal Pesticide Law Violations

September 7, 2012

A federal district court in Columbus, Ohio fined Scotts Miracle-Gro Company four million dollars plus community service for criminal violations.  Scotts Miracle-Gro pled guilty back in February over falsified pesticide registration documents, distributing pesticides with misleading and unapproved labels, distributing unregistered pesticide and applying insecticide to wild bird food that is known to be toxic to birds.

In a related but separate civil case with the EPA, Scotts Miracle-Gro agreed to pay six million dollars in penalties and two million on environmental projects.  The settlement is over several pesticide violations selling unregistered, canceled of misbranded pesticides.

Scotts Miracle-Gro admitted to the EPA that they applied EPA prohibited pesticides to bird food.  They then sold over 70 million units treated bird food on the market for two years.

Read the press release that contains all the violations from the Department of Justice:
Scotts Miracle-Gro Will Pay $12.5 Million in Criminal Fines and Civil Penalties for Violations of Federal Pesticide Laws

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