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.READ MORE: 2 Men Who Drowned At Tuolumne County Swimming Hole Identified As Daly City, Pittsburg Residents
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.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
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.MORE NEWS: California Dominates 'Best Places To Visit In USA' List; Several NorCal Spots Included
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