Neem Oil Product Found to Contain Synthetic Pesticides

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has notified consumers that laboratory testing has shown that “Triple Action Neem Oil Broad Spectrum Fungicide, Insecticide, and Miticide” contains synthetic pesticide active ingredients not listed on the product label. During testing, the presence of malathion, chlorpyrifos, and permethrin were confirmed. The product is manufactured by Southern Agricultural Insecticides Inc. in Palmetto, Florida, lists its only active ingredient as “neem oil,” and is approved by the Organic Material Review Institute for use on organically grown commodities. The Department advises consumers, distributors, and pesticide applicators to cease the sale and use of Triple Action Neem Oil.