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Thursday, April 24, 2008

EPA orders Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., To Stop Selling "Garden Weed Preventer + Plant Food" and "SLS Fertilizer With .28 Halts"

EPA is ordering Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., located in Marysville, Ohio, to stop selling and distributing two pesticide products that have not been registered with the EPA. The pesticides are "Garden Weed Preventer + Plant Food" and "SLS Fertilizer With .28 Halts" and are commonly used on lawns by homeowners.

These products have not been registered with the EPA and are labeled with invalid EPA registration numbers. EPA has not reviewed any information about the safety of these products. Pesticide products must be registered with the EPA to protect public health and the environment.

EPA's pesticide requirements protect public health and the environment by ensuring safe production, handling, and application of pesticides, and by preventing false, misleading, or unverifiable product claims.

If you think you may have purchased one of these unregistered products, please look at the EPA number provided on the label. If you see the numbers

  • 62355-4 (garden weed prevention products)
  • 538-304 (SLS fertilizer),

you have an unregistered pesticide. Please store the product in a cool, dry place such as a garage or utility shed and contact Scotts or your retail outlet.

Consumers with questions about the stop sale may call 888-838-1304 to speak with an EPA pesticides specialist.

The National Pesticide Information Center has a hotline as well at 800-858-7378 daily from 6:30AM to 4:30PM Pacific time.

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