For Immediate Release

February 28, 2003
Contact: Christopher White
Phone: 404-305-5100 After Hours: 404-305-5180


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Southern Region, has proposed to assess a $53,550 civil penalty against Coty US LLC of New York, NY, for allegedly violating Department of Transportation hazardous materials regulations.

The FAA alleges that on December 19, 2000, Coty improperly offered a fiberboard box containing 27 two-ounce glass bottles of perfume, a flammable liquid, to Federal Express (FedEx) for transportation by air. Ground handling employees at the FedEx sort facility in Atlanta, GA, discovered the shipment leaking.

Coty offered the hazardous materials for transportation when they were not packaged, marked, classed, described, documented, or in condition for shipment as required by regulations. Coty also failed to ensure employees were trained to properly package and handle hazardous materials, and did not make available at all times the required emergency response information.

Coty has 30 days from receipt of the FAA notice to submit a reply to the agency. This announcement is made in accordance with the FAA’s practice of releasing information to the public on newly issued enforcement actions involving penalties of $50,000 or more.

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