California Issues Fines For Banned Pesticide Found On Peaches
Don't Miss This
- Man Accused Of Stabbing Sacramento Woman To Death Arrested
- Old Sacramento’s Gold Rush Days Panned Because Of Drought
- Colusa Husband And Wife Arrested For Allegedly Kidnapping Teen Who Made Their Child Cry
- Dolls Lefts On Doorsteps Were Meant To Spread Cheer Not Chill
- 5 Women Who Have Been Killin’ It This Summer
Get Breaking News First
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Two San Joaquin Valley pesticide dealers must pay $105,000 in fines after selling a pesticide to peach growers that wasn’t authorized for the fruit.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation says its investigation resulted in the 2010 recall of 24 million pounds of peaches, worth an estimated $1.1 million.
Officials say Gar Tootelian Inc. and Britz-Simplot Grower Solutions LLC unlawfully sold Comite for treatment of peach mites.
Spot checks by the department at farmers’ markets and wholesale and retail outlets revealed the illegal residues.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency outlawed Comite on peaches in 1996. It’s a potential carcinogen toxic to amphibians and fish.
The state ordered Gar Tootelian to pay $60,000, and Britz-Simplot to pay $45,000. Both companies said Tuesday that they’ve since instituted new procedures.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.