ATLANTA The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a Stop Sale, Use, or Removal Order (SSURO) to D-mand Better Products, LLC (D-Mand) located in Alpharetta, Ga. directing the company to immediately halt the sale, use or distribution of "M-1 Algae Remover," "Barn and Stable Wash," "M-1 Sure Cote," "M-1 Deck and Roof Cleaner Concentrate," "M-1 Deck and Fence Cleaner Concentrate," and "M-1 Driveway and Patio Cleaner Concentrate." None of these products are registered as pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
The SSURO also applies to D-Mand's "M-1 Advanced Mildew Treatment" product which the EPA determined to be misbranded following a review of this product's label.
The SSURO was issued to D-Mand for selling and distributing the unregistered and misbranded pesticides in violation of the FIFRA. Before selling or distributing any pesticide in the United States, companies must register the pesticide with the EPA. Each producer, seller and distributor is required, under federal law, to ensure that the registered pesticide is labeled in accordance with EPA requirements.
This action follows a review of the D-Mand's website. On the website statements making pesticidal claims were discovered in reference to the above unregistered products. Because D-Mand advertises claims on its website that these products remove and kill pests including mildew and algae, the products are subject to FIFRA pesticide registration requirements.
FIFRA is a federal law that requires the registration of pesticide products and the proper labeling of pesticides. This requirement protects public health and the environment by ensuring safe production, handling, and application of pesticides and by preventing false or misleading product claims. For additional information about pesticides, visit: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/.