Amazon To Pay $1.2M Over The Sales Of Illegal Pesticides
The e-commerce giant Amazon is known for its online sales, but, recently, the site has been allowing the sales of merchandise that Sydney pest control would be upset about: illegal pesticides.
The US’s Environmental Protection Agency have taken notice. According to the agency, the site had violated US federal pesticide laws set back in 2013, regarding the sales and distribution of imported pesticide products not meeting US standards, and, consequently, not licensed for sale within the country. EPA says that the site has had committed about 4,000 violations of the law, according to the agency’s data.
The EPA’s investigations into the issue started way back in 2014, which discovered, over time, that third-party vendors were using all sorts of methods in order to sell their illegal and/or mis-labelled products in the US.
EPA had been negotiating with the company regarding the issue, and an agreement has recently been reached. The tech company has agreed to pay settlements regarding the alleged violations, with the settlements amounting to a total of US$1.2M in administrative penalties. Details released by the agency on the 15th of February 2018 reveals that the agreement was formally handled by EPA’s Region 10 office in Seattle, where Amazon HQ is located.
Administrator Chris Hladick, EPA Region 10, says that the agreement that EPA and Amazon came to will reduce the sales of illegal pesticides via the internet. These illegal pesticides are serious threats to public health not only to Americans across the country, but also to anyone unfortunate enough to come into contact with them.
On top of the massive fine, the settlement’s terms require that Amazon develop a mandatory training programme for any and all vendors dealing with pesticides on the site, regardless of whether they work in Sydney pest control or in agriculture in Ohio. Other terms of the statement required Amazon to prohibit the sales of any illegal pesticides or anything of similar nature, including certain variants that resembled chalk.
Amazon has already removed the products from its sites, set new rules prohibiting the sale of pesticides by foreign sellers, and had been closely working with EPA throughout the process.
A company statement said that compliance with federal laws and regulations was a priority at Amazon, and that all third-party sellers would also be required to adhere to the same standards.