Government bans sale of some Scotts products

Scotts Miracle-Gro, a supplier of lawn and garden products, said it received orders from U.S. environmental regulators prohibiting the sale and use of several products, including certain pesticides, according to a report from Reuters.

In a regulatory filing, the company said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had issued "Stop Sale, Use or Removal Orders" on several of its products, including Season Long Max Weed and Grass Killer Plus Preventer, Weed B Gon Lawn Weed Killer and Ortho Roach Ant and Spider Killer.

"Scotts Miracle-Gro withheld these seven pesticide-containing products that were in the filing," Scotts spokeswoman Carrie Butler told Home Channel News. "We have voluntarily withheld them from the shelves since June, when there were found to be problems with the labels. The EPA released the product names on Sept. 15 and is allowing us to sell these products after they have been re-labeled."

Scotts Miracle-Gro said it does not expect delayed shipments of the affected products -- which account for less than 1 percent of the company's sales -- to have a material impact on its financial results for fiscal year 2008 or fiscal year 2009.

However, the company expects costs related to all product recalls and known registration issues related to the ongoing investigation to range from $50 million to $55 million in fiscal year 2008 and about $10 million in fiscal year 2009.

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