UPDATE 3-Amazon to pay $1.2 mln in settlement over pesticide sales, U.S. says

From Reuters - February 15, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Inc will pay a $1.2 million penalty to settle nearly 4,000 alleged violations of U.S. law in a move to prevent harmful exposure to pesticides through illegal sales, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.

Amazon agreed to closely monitor and remove illegal pesticide products from its website in an effort to significantly reduce the number of illegal pesticides available through the online marketplace, the EPA said.

Amazons violations were for selling and distributing imported pesticide and insecticide products that had been not licensed for sale in the United States, the EPA said.

Amazon said third-party sellers had sold the products through its website.

Ed Kowalski, EPAs enforcement director for the region that includes Amazons headquarters in Seattle, said the retailer was warehousing, packaging, shipping and profiting off the products.


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