Exempted Pesticide Products
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6147. Exempted Pesticide Products.
(a) Manufacturers of, importers of, and dealers in the following pesticide products or classes of pesticide products are exempt from the requirements of Division 7 of the Food and Agricultural Code, provided the pesticide products are exempt pursuant to section 25(b)(2) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act [7 U.S.C. sec. 136w(b)(2)]:
(1) Pheromones and identical or substantially similar compounds labeled for use only in pheromone traps (or labeled for use in a manner which the Director determines poses no greater risk of adverse effects on the environment than use in pheromone traps), and pheromone traps in which those compounds are the sole active ingredient(s), as specified in 40 Code of Federal Regulations 152.25(b).
(2) Preservatives for biological specimens, including:
(A) Embalming fluids;
(B) Products used to preserve animal or animal organ specimens, in mortuaries, laboratories, hospitals, museums and institutions of learning; and
(C) Products used to preserve the integrity of milk, urine, blood, or other body fluids for laboratory analysis.
(3) Products consisting of foods that are used to attract pests and which contain no active ingredient(s).
(4) (A) Natural cedar blocks, chips, shavings, balls, chests, drawer liners, paneling, and needles that meet all of the following criteria:
1. The product consists totally of cedar wood or natural cedar.
2. The product is not treated, combined, or impregnated with any additional substance(s).
3. The product bears claims or directions for use solely to repel arthropods other than ticks or to retard mildew, and no additional claims are made in sale or distribution. The labeling must be limited to specific arthropods, or must exclude ticks if any general term such as"arthropods," "insects," "bugs," or any other broad inclusive term is used.
(B) The exemption does not apply to natural cedar products claimed to repel ticks. The exemption also does not apply to cedar oil, or formulated products, which contain cedar oil, other cedar extracts, or ground cedar wood as part of a mixture.
(5)(A) Products containing the following active ingredients alone or in combination with other substances listed in paragraph (5)(A), provided that all the criteria specified in paragraphs (5)(C) and (5)(D) are met:
Castor oil (U.S.P. or equivalent)
Cedar Oil 1
Cinnamon oil 1
Citric acid 1
Citronella (non-topical uses only)
Citronella oil (non-topical uses only)
Clove oil 1, 2
Corn gluten meal
Eugenol 1, 2
Garlic oil 1
Geranium oil 2
Lauryl sulfate 1
Lemongrass oil 1
Malic acid 1
Mint oil 1
Peppermint oil 1, 2
2-Phenethyl propionate (2-phenylethyl propionate) 1
Potassium sorbate 1
Putrescent whole egg solids
Rosemary oil 1, 2
Sesame (includes ground sesame plant)
Sodium chloride (common salt)
Sodium lauryl sulfate 1, 2
Thyme oil 1, 2
White pepper 1
Zinc metal strips (consisting solely of zinc metal and impurities)
1 Products containing 8.5% or more of this active ingredient in the formulated product must at a minimum bear the signal word "CAUTION," the phrase "Keep Out of Reach of Children," appropriate precautionary language, and a requirement for appropriate protective eyewear and gloves.
2 Products containing this active ingredient intended for topical application to human skin must at a minimum bear the signal word "CAUTION," the phrase "Keep Out of Reach of Children," a dermal sensitization precautionary statement, a prohibition against application to the hands of children, and use directions requiring adult supervision during application to children.
(B) Topical use products containing less than or equal to 1 % of the following active ingredients alone or in combination with each other, provided: the product label carries as a minimum the signal word "CAUTION," the phrase "Keep Out Of Reach of Children," a dermal sensitization precautionary statement, a prohibition against application to the hands of children, and use directions-requiring adult supervision during application to children, and (ii) all the criteria specified in paragraphs (5)(C) and (5)(D) are met:
(C) A pesticide product exempt under paragraphs (5)(A) and (5)(B) of subsection (a) may include as inert ingredients only those substances listed in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's most current List 4A "Inerts of Minimal Concern." U.S. EPA's list of minimal risk inert ingredients is updated periodically and is published in the Federal Register.
(D) In addition, all of the following conditions must be met for products to be exempted under subsection (a)(5):
1. Each product containing the substance must bear a label identifying the name and percentage (by weight) of each active ingredient and the name of each inert ingredient.
2. The product must not bear claims either to control or mitigate microorganisms that pose a threat to human health, including but not limited to disease transmitting bacteria or viruses, or claims to control insects or rodents carrying specific diseases, including, but not limited to ticks that carry Lyme disease.
3. The product must not include any false and misleading labeling statements, including those listed in 40 CFR 156.10(a)(5)(i) through (viii).
(b) Whenever the manufacturer of, importer of, or dealer in any product exempted pursuant to this section has factual or scientific evidence of any adverse effect or risk to human health or the environment that has not previously been submitted to the department, the manufacturer, importer, or dealer shall report the evidence to the department within 60 days of learning of the information.
NOTE: Authority cited: Section 11456, 12781, and 12803, Food and Agricultural Code.
Reference: Section 12803, Food and Agricultural Code.
6148. Fee for Each Product Submitted for Registration.
(a) The fee for each pesticide product submitted for registration is $750. The
fee applies to each:
(1) New pesticide product;
(2) Additional brand name of a pesticide product; and
(3) Pesticide product where there is a change in business ownership of the product.
(b) If the Director returns an incomplete application for product registration to the applicant, the applicant has 180 days from the date the Director initially returned the application to resubmit a complete application without payment of a new registration fee. A new registration fee must accompany applications resubmitted after 180 days from the date the Director returned the application.
NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 12781 and 12812, Food and Agricultural Code.
Reference: Section 12812, Food and Agricultural Code.
6148.5 Fees for Amendments to Registered Pesticide Products.
(a) Each application to amend the labeling of a registered pesticide product, where the amendment must be supported by scientific data, shall be accompanied by a fee of $100. This fee does not apply to special local needs labeling.
(b) If the Director returns an incomplete application to amend the labeling of a registered pesticide product to the applicant, the applicant has 180 days from the date the Director initially returned the application to resubmit a complete application without payment of a new fee. A new fee must accompany applications resubmitted after 180 days from the date the Director returned the application.
NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 12781 and 12813, Food and Agricultural Code.
Reference: Section 12813, Food and Agricultural Code.