Glow Industries Inc., a tobacco-related product distributor, plead guilty to felony violations for intentionally and willfully shipping butane cartridges without the required hazardous materials label or markings on the packaging.
On July 18, 2012, authorities uncovered dozens of butane cartridges in a damaged package that was shipped by air from Glow Industries Riverside facility to a smoke shop in Anchorage, Alaska.
During the investigation, authorities learned that managers instructed employees to hide the fact that the packages contained hazardous materials from the shippers by repackaging products they received from their suppliers before shipping the items out to their customers, inverting the packaging to hide the hazardous materials warning labels, and to razor off the hazardous materials warnings prior to shipping their products.
Glow Industries was fined $250,000, given five years probation, and is now required to maintain an extensive compliance program that will include employee/contractor training and periodic audits to ensure all guidelines and regulations are being followed.
$250,000 fine levied after Riverside facility ships butane without hazardous materials warning