The cosmetics brand has been ordered to pay $20,000 to the Australian Institute of Occupational Health and Safety for testing positive for an insecticide banned under the federal Government’s new ‘zero tolerance’ policy, according to a report by The Australian Financial Review.
The company has also been ordered by a Federal Court judge to pay the institute $50,000 in compensation and $100,000 for damages.
The findings of the Australian Environmental Law Centre’s report on BOS cosmetics are based on a number of documents released to the public by the company.
The report, which was released to The Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday, said that BOS had tested positive in October for the insecticide Bt12.
“The company has acknowledged the testing and the findings, but said that it was a mistake, and had not been using Bt toxin,” the report said.
The Federal Government’s ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to insecticides was introduced in July, allowing the use of the toxic insecticide at times of low pest abundance and at other times when the use would increase the risk of an outbreak.
BOS has been one of the world’s leading brands of insect-killing cosmetics since 1999, when it began selling its insect-kill products, including its Botanix, which has since become a best-selling and internationally renowned insect-control product.
The product is used by thousands of Australian businesses, including hospitals, banks, airlines and retail chains.
“Bos Cosmetics’ botanix and other products are designed to reduce or eliminate insect-related disease outbreaks in the Australian community,” the company said in a statement on its website.
“We also sell our products in more than 30 countries and territories around the world, and our Botanx product line is available in over 70 countries.”
We are confident that Bos Cosmetics’ botanical extracts and botanical cosmetics products are safe for use in Australia.
“The company said it has received no further comments from the Federal Government.