Is the label really the law or is the labeling the law? According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) website: pesticide labels are LEGALLY ENFORCEABLE. In fact, these labels carry the same statement that says it is a violation of federal law to use a product in a manner that is inconsistent with its labeling. If the ‘label is the law’, why does this statement point to the labeling. What does this mean? How is the labeling different from the label? On this edition of the Pestgeek podcast, we examine the ‘labeling vs. label’ issue. Our starting point is based on the FDA’s definition: Labeling is defined as all labels and other written, printed, or graphic matters (1) upon any article or any of its containers or wrappers, or (2) accompanying such an article. Depending on the circumstances, labeling may include packaging, product inserts, Web sites, and other promotional materials. Section 201(k) of the Act defines the term “label” as, “a display of written, printed, or graphic matter upon the immediate container of any article.” Tune in.
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