Online marketplace Amazon.com was recently fined $1.2 million by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) for selling and distributing pesticides not registered for sale in the U.S. The EPA discovered nearly 4,000 violations dating back to 2013. The illegal products included misbranded or unregistered insecticide baits and pesticide products that can be mistaken for blackboard chalk.
Amazon immediately removed these illegal products from their marketplace, prohibited foreign sellers from selling pesticides, and increased monitoring for illegal products. The company contacted the affected customers to urge proper disposal of the illegal pesticides and reimbursed them for the purchases.
With Halloween again upon us, what better time to unearth a few true horror stories of reported pesticide accidents from DPR and county agricultural commissioners' records?
These recent tales illustrate the perils of misusing or carelessly handling pesticides. Sadly, they were all avoidable.
The point of sharing them is not to embarrass anyone, but, rather, to educate people. As such, DPR is withholding names and some other details that could identify the people involved.
Hopefully, sharing these true horror stories can prevent future injuries or even deaths.
DON'T STORE PESTICIDES NEAR KIDS!
Every year, county agricultural commissioners, who handle enforcement of state...