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Officials team-up to prevent illegal pesticides

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The number of illegal pesticides on Guam has declined thanks to partnerships with the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. USEPA Region IX project officer Marcy Katzin says training is being provided to help Customs officers know what to look for.

"We're hoping to explain to Guam Customs and Quarantine what to look for when a pesticide comes in, how to tell if it's a regulated product, and how to tell if it's legal or not," she said. Customs and Quarantine helps us, they're the front line that helps us identify whether these products are legal to bring in."

Pesticides are often smuggled into the island through food or drink and are hard to detect because they are not in English. For those at home, Katzin recommends that when shopping for pesticides, look for labels on how to use the product, where to use it, and directions on how to protect yourself while using the product.

All registered pesticides have a USEPA registration number.

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