EPA Reaches Settlement with Clorox for Mislabeled Products

In 2013, Clorox attached misleading labels on their pesticide products on more than 600 occasions. The company reached a $250,000 settlement with EPA earlier this week.

After discovering that Clorox sold ineffective bleach disinfectant to hospitals (a result of mislabeling),the EPA has demanded that Clorox pay a $250,000 civil penalty for their mistake.

In one of the tests EPA performed under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) , it was found that one of the Clorox materials did not disinfect the bacterium that causes tuberculosis, a serious concern. As a result of the test, Clorox had to remove labels that marketed the product as “Dispatch Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant with Bleach.” 

“Labels that are false or misleading put people at risk,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Companies must test and correctly label these disinfectant products to protect the health and safety of hospital patients and staff.”

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