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Kern County Dept. of Agriculture fines two companies for pesticide drift incident back in May

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Aug 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-08 14:08:54-04

The Kern County Department of Agriculture is fining two companies for a pesticide drift incident which happened on May 5, 2017 that left five people seeking medical treatment. 

Sun Pacific Farming - Maricopa and Grape Man Farms violated pesticide rules and have been ordered to pay a total of $50,250.

The investigation came after a a crew of fieldworkers harvesting cabbage began complaining of an odor. 

Sun Pacific Farming - Maricopa had treated tangerine orchards that were located one-half mile west of the cabbage field with a pesticide product called Vulcan. Grape Man Farms had treated vineyards located one-half mile northwest of the cabbage site with Cosavet DF. 

Kern County Department of Agriculture determined these pesticides had both drifted when they were applied, which is a violation of California law.