An employee of Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. the company says sidestepped federal requirements for registration of pesticides that resulted in a nationwide recall due to the risk of personal injury has been terminated, according to the company.
According to the company, the firing is the first of many steps to boost product registration practices and procedures with regulators. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it had issued a "stop sale, use, or removal" order against the company over illegal, unregistered, and misbranded pesticides. According to the company, the pesticide the order applies to is no longer in use by its Scotts LawnService subsidiary.
The company said that it had learned that one of the former employees had been deliberately circumventing company policies and causing invalid product registration forms to be submitted to federal and state regulators in addition to hiding those actions from other members of the company, according to Chairman and CEO Jim Hagedorn.
The actions are the result of an investigation conducted by the EPA, U.S. Department of Justice, and Ohio Department of Agriculture.
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