LAKELAND, Fla. -- A Lakeland company will pay the more than $1.7 million in fines for selling and distributing mislabeled pesticides, according to NewsChief.com.
Harrell's LLC, a distributor of fertilizers, pesticides and other agricultural chemicals, has agreed to the civil penalties on the federal charges. The deal was announced Friday.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called the fine "one of the largest ever for an enforcement case" under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, according to NewsChief.com.
Harrell's sold pesticides without labels or with labels that were unreadable more than 350 times between 2010 and 2012, according to the EPA statement.
The EPA also alleged the company continued to sell or distribute the pesticides despite a "stop sale".
The agency discovered the violations during field inspections conducted in 2012, the statement said.