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Authorities fine Canadian firm over illegal pesticides

The Canadian authorities have issued ten violation notices and fined the Canadian company, Centre Agricole Petit Bernier (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec), Can$36,000 (US$29,330) for manufacturing and distributing unregistered and unlabelled pesticides and for distributing products that were illegally packaged. Some 85 kg of products were seized for disposal at the company's expense. The products did not have proper labels and had no information to identify them or their composition, with no instructions or precautions regarding their safe use, the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) notes. In addition, products sold for residential use contained the insecticides, chlorpyrifos and diazinon, which have not been allowed for such use for more than ten years due to unacceptable risks to children, the PMRA points out.

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