CA Fines Six Firms for Selling Pesticide-Tainted Imported Produce

July 30, 2015

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has fined six companies that ignored warnings and repeatedly sold imported fruits and vegetables with illegal pesticide residues to predominantly ethnic minority customers.

According to an agency statement released July 28, the fines range from $10,000 to more than $20,000 for violating pesticide laws and potentially endangering consumers.

Imported cactus leaves quarantined by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

The firms were cited for selling lychees, cactus pears and leaves, tomatillos, longan, taro root, and other items imported from Mexico, China, Taiwan and Thailand.

“These companies were importing and selling produce to stores…