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Six "organic" pesticide products in Oregon found to contain non-organic ingredients

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 24, 2019
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On December 26, 2019, an organic grower contacted the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) after an insecticide labeled “organic” tested positive for pesticides not approved for organic production.

Before applying to his crop, the grower tested the product Southern Ag’s Triple Action Neem Oil.

The product is advertised as organic with neem oil as its naturally occurring active ingredient.

The grower’s test came back positive for Malathion, a non-organic pesticide widely used in agriculture, residential landscaping and pest control.

Malathion was not listed as an ingredient on the label, that is a violation of Oregon law ORS 634.

On December 28, 2018, ODA initiated a follow-up investigation, once again testing Southern Ag’s Triple Action Neem Oil, and found not only Malathion but confirmed presence of two other pesticides; Chlorpyrifos and Permethrin.

On February 14, 2019 ODA issued a statewide Stop Sale, Use, and Removal Order (SSURO) for the product.

A request for administrative hearing was received by ODA.

To test similar products, ODA, visited local stores and bought six (6) different neem oil products from six (6) different registrants or manufacturers.

All were labeled for organic use.

Samples were submitted and results showed all six (6) products tested positive for several active ingredients not listed on the label including: Malathion, Chlorpyrifos and Permethrin, and several other non-organic active ingredients.

Based upon these results, ODA has issued an additional 6 statewide SSURO’s for the following registered products:

Bonide, Neem Oil, EPA #70051-2-4, Lot #18082202
Schultz Company, Garden Safe brand, Neem Oil Extract, EPA #70051-2-39609, Lot #U071818 L 002817
Woodstream Corporation, Safer Brand, Neem Oil, EPA #70051-2-42697, Lot #LBL5182B 0617
Lawn and Garden Products Inc, Monterey, 70% Neem Oil, EPA #70051-2-54705, Lot # 1800241958 MLN #70892947
Certis, Trilogy, EPA #70051-2, Lot #71133547
Bayer Advanced, Natria Neem Oil, EPA #70051-2-72155, Lot #NP65FX7081.

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