New Zealand fines illegal pesticide importer
A New Zealand court has fined an illegal pesticide importer NZ$119,000 (US$80,200). Global Hort Imports NZ and its sole director, Mark Freeman, were fined NZ$95,000 (US$64,000) for selling agrochemicals that were not the registered trade name products and NZ$24,000 (US$16,200) for giving false or misleading information to an inspector. Mr Freeman labelled as fertilisers, two batches of pesticides that he imported from China in 2005 and 2006. The shipments totalled 19,300 litres and were worth about NZ$213,000 (US$143,600), according to the New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA), which brought the case. The active ingredients were similar to those in registered products but concentrations and purity levels varied. Content labelling was false and use instructions “non-existent”, the NZFSA notes.