Held v. Jinon Corporation

Posted: 09/16/2014  browse the case archive

Citizen enforcer Anthony Held, Ph.D., P.E. and settling party Jinon Corporation (“Jinon”) entered into an out-of-court Settlement Agreement on September 16, 2014, which resolved Held’s allegations that Jinon sold dried seaweed containing arsenic in the State of California without providing the requisite health hazard warnings.

As part of the settlement, Jinon agreed not to sell any seaweed in California after September 30, 2014, unless the seaweed contains less than five parts per billion when analyzed pursuant to state and federally approved testing methodologies or contains the Proposition 65 warnings outlined in Section 2.3. 

The Settlement Agreement requires settlement payments of $35,000, divided therein between civil penalties, 75% of which are paid to California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and compensation to whistleblower Held and his counsel for their successful enforcement of this matter in the public interest.  

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