Six companies fined for selling imported fruits and vegetables with illegal pesticide residues. California Department of Pesticide Regulation issues fines.

nutrientsThe California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has an extensive pesticide monitoring program. The program analyzes 3,500 samples, of 170 different kinds of produce, from wholesale and retail stores, markets and other outlets.

The six companies fined by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation include the following:

Top Quality Produce, Inc. 623 Vineland Avenue, La Puente, CA 91746 was fined $10,000. On five separate occasions, the company sold produce such as Longan imported from Thailand, Burdock Root imported from Taiwan and Lychees imported from with illegal pesticide residues. The produce was sold between November 2013 and July 2014.

Yi Bao Produce Group, 3015 Leonis Blvd, Vernon CA 90058, was fined $15,000. On seven separate occasions, the company sold produce imported from such as Ginger, Taro Root, Longan and Fragrant Pear with illegal pesticide residues. The produce was sold between March 2013 and September 2014.

Primary Export International Inc. 143 Mitchell Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080, was fined $9,000. On five separate occasions, the company sold produce imported from , including Longan and Lychees with illegal pesticide residues. The produce was sold between June 2013 and August 2014.

Marquez Produce 2155 E. 14th Street Los Angeles CA90021 was fined $21,000. On seven separate occasions, the company sold produce imported from Mexico such as Cactus Leaves, Tomatillos and Squash with illegal pesticide residues. The produce was sold between April 2013 and May 2014.

La Sucursal Produce, Inc. 746 S. Central Ave., Unit A-3-128, Box 50, Los Angeles, CA 90021, was fined $12,000. On five separate occasions, the company sold produce imported from Mexico such as Tomatillos, Cactus Pears and Cactus Leaves with illegal pesticide residues. The produce was sold between August 2013 and July 2014.

L Produce, Inc. 2550 E. 25th Street, Vernon, CA 90058, was fined $6,000. On four separate occasions, the company sold produce imported from Mexico such as Purslane, Cactus Leaves and Mexican Squash with illegal pesticide residues. The produce was sold between April 2013 and October.

“These companies were importing and selling produce to stores that primarily cater to California’s ethnic communities. They were given ample opportunities to change their methods but chose not to do so,” said Brian Leahy, DPR director. “We protect all Californians and will not stand by and watch as companies gamble with people’s and flout our laws. This action is a reminder that we are serious about protecting all consumers from adverse risk of pesticides.”

Source

http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/mill/actions/pesticide_residue.htm

http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pressrls/2015/150728.htm

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