Amazon Settles With EPA Over Pesticide Distribution
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement with Amazon on February 15 to protect consumers from hazards posed by unregistered pesticide products. Amazon allegedly violated the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act in 2013 overselling and distributing imported pesticide products.
The EPA began investigating Amazon on pesticide product distribution in 2014, and have issued 2 Stop Sale Orders in 2015 and 2016. Amazon immediately responded and removed the products from the marketplace, prohibited foreign sellers from selling pesticides, and cooperated with the EPA. Amazon later in October 2016 notified their customers who bought the illegal pesticides from 2013-2016 to communicate safety concerns and urge disposal of the products. They also refunded those customers the cost of the products.
The agreement focuses on reducing the online sale of illegal pesticides which “Amazon is committed to closely monitoring and removing illegal pesticides from its website,” said EPA Region 10 Administrator Chris Hladick. Under the terms of this agreement, Amazon has to develop an online training course on pesticide regulations and policies that the EPA thinks will reduce the number of illegal pesticides online, and pay an administrative penalty of $1,215,700.
To look up more information on the settlement or read the copy of the consent agreement go to www.epa.gov/enforcement/amazon-services-llc-fifra-settlement.