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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

September 24, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - A Valdosta pesticide company has been fined by the EPA for improper labeling of its chemicals.

Dupont Company and Griffin LLC, Dupont's pesticide production facility in Valdosta, have been ordered to pay $877, 500.

Two of their products, cotton and tobacco pesticides, were found to have higher concentrations of ethephon than allowed by the EPA.

The EPA also says the company imported the ingredient from a non-approved facility in China.

Ethephon is an ingredient used help fruit mature more quickly.

"If you get to much of it, It's probably not that great of a risk but you do have a great issue of having things property labeled so when we buy things we know what we're going," says Cotton and Tobacco grower Ellis Black.

In a statement, Dupont says they have taken immediate actions to cooperate with the EPA and make sure all their products meet their standards and regulations.