EPA found that the clothing labels lacked the required EPA pesticide registration number, a proper ingredient statement, a proper storage and disposal statement, and were missing the statement “It is a violation of Federal Law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling.”

EPA issued a “stop sale order” on the products until they could be properly labeled by the Portland, Ore.-based company, which fully cooperated with EPA. Columbia will pay a fine of $22,880.

According to Scott Downey, manager of EPA's pesticide unit in the Seattle office, pesticides must be properly labeled to ensure protection of human health and the environment.

EPA first learned about the misbranded products by monitoring pesticide imports and finding that one of the company’s shipments coming into the United States had been denied entry at a foreign port. Further investigation revealed that several other shipments of clothing treated with “insect blocker” were returning to the United States with foreign product labels and then erroneously being redirected for domestic sale.

Domestic sale of items that include pesticides must meet United States labeling requirements, which differ from those of other countries.