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EPA Orders ‘Stop Sale’ of Product that Claims To Neutralize Anthrax

Release Date: 06/10/2004
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-7873 / jones.enesta@epa.gov

(Washington, D.C. - June 10, 2004) — The owner of 1st EnviroSafety Inc. of St. James, Fla., was ordered by EPA on May 26 to stop Web site sales of unregistered pesticide products, including one that claims to neutralize the effects of anthrax bacteria. The products involved are “Organic Cleaner/Degreaser (Military Strength);” “Organic Veggie Wash;” “Yacht & Boat Bath (Organic);” “Any Floors #123;” “ECCO Dishwashing Machine Concentrate;” “ECCO Commercial All Purpose;" "Industrial Cleaner/Degreaser;” “Organic - Bath & Tile;” “Organic - Pet Care;” and “Organic - Multi-Purpose.” Among its public health claims, the company says that "Organic Cleaner/Degreaser “helped neutralize anthrax in the U.S. Justice Department building. Other products claimed to eliminate or remove bacteria, odor-causing bacteria, germs, mildew, fleas, mites and ticks. Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, products claiming to prevent, destroy, or repel pests, including anthrax bacteria, are considered pesticides and must be registered with the EPA. The pre-market registration process requires a company to prove the product is safe and effective for consumer use before a legal claim can be made that it protects people and pets from illness caused by pests. EPA-registered products must bear the registration number on labeling, along with directions for use and any safety precautions. The 'stop sale' order requires 1st EnviroSafety Inc. to remove all pesticide claims from its advertising and labeling and to notify EPA within 30 days of the steps they have taken to do so. EPA, with the assistance of the Florida Department of Agriculture, will be monitoring compliance with this 'stop sale' order and will continue to monitor the Internet for illegal pesticide sales. For more information, visit: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides