PETsMART cited for pesticide violations

U.S. EPA has filed a complaint against PETsMART Inc. for selling and distributing several unregistered products with pesticide-type claims and failing to provide shipping records. A $44,550 fine is proposed. According to EPA inspectors two PETsMART stores located in Illinois sold organic pet repellents with labels that imply that the products repel dogs and cats from objects on which it is applied.

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, pesticides are defined as substances intended to prevent, destroy, repel or stop any pest and must be registered and given a registration number by EPA before they can be sold or distributed in the United States.

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