Toxic Birdseed Contaminated With Pesticide. Parker Waichman LLP is investigating allegations that numerous brands of birdseed sold to consumers throughout the U.S. were contaminated with two toxic and illegal pesticides. These toxic birdseeds may have poisoned numerous wild bird species, killing untold numbers. The birdseed brands currently under investigation include, but are not limited to:
- Meijers brand wild bird food
- Harris Teeters brand birdseed
- Publix bird food
- Royal Wing brand birdseed
- Purina brand wild bird seed products
- Nutriplan brand birdseed
- Anderson’s bird mix
Toxic birdseed products may have been sold as bags of seed and seed mixes, suet blocks and other foods intended for wild birds. If you think you may have purchased one of these poisonous products, the toxic birdseed lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP would like to hear from you. You may be eligible to receive compensation from the manufacturers of these dangerous products. For a free legal evaluation with one of our toxic birdseed lawyers, please contact Parker Waichman LLP today.
Toxic Birdseed Manufacturer Admitted Using Illegal Pesticides
Most of the toxic birdseeds under investigation were manufactured by Scotts Miracle-Gro, the world’s largest marketer of lawn and garden care products. The company has pleaded guilty and admitted to federal charges that it knowingly sold various brands of birdseed products that were treated with Storcide II and Actellic 5E, two pesticides not suitable for grain intended for consumption by birds. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not cleared these pesticides for use in bird seed, making Scotts’ use of the chemicals illegal. Some 73 million units of these birdseed products were manufactured between November 2005 and January 2008. Though Scotts recalled the birdseed in 2008, only about 2 million units were returned. Many retailers were unaware of the recall, and it’s likely that some of these poisonous birdseed products were sold long after the recall.
Storcide II contains the active ingredient, chlorpyrifos-methy, while Actellic 5E contains the active ingredient pirimiphos-methyl. Both of these chemicals are known to be toxic to birds, fish and wildlife, and are cholinesterase inhibitors that result in overstimulation of the nervous system. Small doses of either poison cause symptoms that include nausea, dizziness, and confusion, and higher doses lead to respiratory paralysis and death. Chlorpyrifos-methyl is one of the many chemical poisons linked to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), the mysterious bee collapse phenomenon that has been observed all across the world.
Legal Help for Purchasers of Toxic Birdseed
If you believe a birdseed product you purchased may have been poisoned with a dangerous pesticide, you may have valuable legal rights. For a free lawsuit consultation, please contact the toxic birdseed lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP by filling out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.