The Guardian reports on a rather shocking example of corporate crime from Scott’s Miracle-Gro of Marysville, Ohio. For two years the company knowingly sold contaminated birdseed.Pesticides were added to the feed to preserve the stock during storage:
According to court documents, Scotts Miracle-Gro was warned about the toxicity of these chemicals by two employees. One employee, a pesticide chemist, approached management about these dangers in the summer of 2007, whilst the other employee, an ornithologist, notified management in the autumn of that same year. The Scotts Miracle-Gro company ignored these warnings and continued to produce and distribute their poisoned birdseed products for at least another six months, until March of 2008.