West Oahu farm ordered to stop selling basil

WAIPAHU, Hawaii (AP) - A West Oahu farm has been ordered to stop selling basil after an unapproved pesticide was found during routine sampling.

The state Department of Health said Friday it is placing an embargo on approximately 28 acres of fresh basil grown by FAT Law's Farm.

The department says samples collected at the Ewa farm last week tested positive for a pesticide not approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on basil. More samples from the Kunia farm this week also tested positive.

The department does not consider the situation to be a significant public health threat.

Co-owner Frank Law says when he realized the pesticide was inadvertently used, he tried to destroy the basil, but inspectors insisted on testing the crops. He says customers have been calling demanding basil.

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