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Stop-sale Order Issued to Atlanta Company

Release Date: 10/23/2003
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Luke C. Hester 202-564-7818 /

(10/23/03) EPA has ordered ZEP Manufacturing Co., Atlanta, Ga., to stop selling misbranded pesticides, ZEP Amine A and ZEP Attack-A. The labels claim that the pesticides are hospital disinfectants effective against the pathogenic organism, pseudomonas aeruginosa. Both products failed government lab tests on efficacy requirements for a hospital disinfectant. Products claiming to prevent, destroy or repel pests including microorganisms, are considered pesticides under the Fungicide, Insecticide, and Rodenticide Act, the Federal pesticide law, and are subject to truthful labeling requirements. EPA has requested that the company conduct a voluntary recall and the Agency will monitor compliance with the stop-sale order and the recall.