Toxic birdseed, falsified EPA forms among the violations
A U.S. District Court judge in Columbus ordered the criminal penalties yesterday against the Marysville, Ohio lawn-care company. Those totaled $4.5 million, the largest criminal penalty a company ever has paid under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
According to court documents, Scotts distributed 73 million units of birdseed that was coated with insecticides to prevent insect infestation.
One insecticide was Storcide II, which is labeled as being “toxic to birds and other wildlife.” The seed was distributed from November 2005 to March 2008 despite warnings in 2007 from Scotts’ experts. Read on at Columbus Dispatch...