Two pesticide companies with common ownership based in Norfolk have agreed to pay nearly $75,000 in penalties for the production and distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides.
Custom Feed Services Corporation will pay a penalty of $55,752. Earthworks Health LLC will pay $18,761.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture inspected the two businesses on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency in November of 2011 after the EPA received a tip.
An investigation determine that Custom Feed Services sold copper sulfate and diatomaceous earth pesticide products not registered with the EPA, and that the company lacked valid EPA registration numbers and production establishment numbers. In addition, Custom Feed Services produced the pesticide products in a facility that was not registered with the EPA as a pesticide-producing facility in accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
The EPA says that on multiple occasions, Earthworks Health sold or distributed unregistered and misbranded copper sulfate and diatomaceous earth pesticides, in addition to an unregistered antibacterial product, Foaming DisposALL Drain Cleaner.
Custom Feed Services and Earthworks Health have now certified they are now in compliance with FIFRA.