Scott’s Miracle-Gro pleaded guilty to selling 73 million packages of insecticidal poisoned bird seed for two years.
The company has said it will pay a $4 million fine and give $500,000 to wildlife conservation and study as part of a plea deal.
An EPA fact sheet said that one of the chemicals was dangerous to birds and wildlife, but there is no warning label on the pesticide packaging to let companies know.
The bird seed was coated with chemicals that Scott’s Miracle-Gro employees said was dangerous and not licensed by the EPA for use in bird food. The pesticides were to prevent insects from the eating the seed while it was in storage.
A San Diego county fed the poisoned seed they bought at a local Wal-Mart to a flock of zebra finches that frequented their bird feeders.
Of the 100 birds in the flock, only 8 survived.
The toxic bird seed was sold between 2005 and 2008 under the names “Morning Song” and “Country Pride”.