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US farmer fined for illegal methomyl use

A farmer in the US state of California has agreed to pay a $15,000 fine and destroy a 10 acre (4 ha) field of strawberries following the detection of residues of the insecticide, methomyl, on strawberries in retail outlets. The insecticide is not registered for use on strawberries. The California EPA's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) launched an investigation last month following routine residue monitoring. The DPR ordered the removal of over 1,000 cartons of strawberries from distributors and retailers as a result of the illegal pesticide application.



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