Gallery: Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined $12.5M For Knowingly Selling Bird See...


Today the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company was sentenced for eleven criminal violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) that it plead guilty to in February, for knowingly selling toxic birdseed to consumers that was contaminated with deadly pesticides. As punishment, the company has agreed to pay a $4 million fine and perform community service. A separate civil agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will cost Scotts more than $6 million in penalties and $2 million for environmental projects to resolve additional civil pesticide violations.

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  1. idajane March 17, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Whats wrong with these corps? Dont they realize that they are destroying their future by killing the very things that make food abundant in this country? We dont need a glut of food here just enough and feeding everyone(non GMO) solve the hunger in This country first. STOP KILLING OUR Helpers.

  2. cjwright September 12, 2012 at 10:13 am

    This burns me up! How about a bigger fine and banning Scott’s from ever selling bird seed again?

  3. bethbot September 9, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I agree Susan. When you extrapolate that amount on a per bird basis it’s a matter of cents. That shows what Scotts REALLY thinks about the value of wildlife. They could care less about what happens as long as you buy their product.

  4. Susan Abraham September 8, 2012 at 9:48 am

    $12.5 million penalty?
    I encourage consumers to boycott ALL Scotts products to levy a more equitable penalty.
    Let’s begin w/10 times the amount.
    Let us levy a penalty that all players in the chemicals world will notice; a consequence that truly catches their attention and gives their greed pause before the next time they or their cohorts willfully poison our world with their products.

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