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California penalises illegal propargite sales

The US California EPA’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has fined two agrochemical dealers over $100,000 for selling Chemtura AgroSolutions’ acaricide, Comite (propargite), for an unregistered use. The product was sold for use on peaches. It is mainly used on row crops and some vegetables. The DPR fined Gar Tootelian $60,000 for making illegal sales between 2008 and 2010, and Britz-Simplot Grower Solutions $45,000 for sales in 2009-10. The investigation was launched after residues of propargite were detected in peaches in July 2010. The federal EPA cancelled the use of propargite on peaches in 1996.

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