EPA Settles Pesticide Violations with ABC Corp

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency settled with a Waipahu corporation for $52,000 for alledgedly violating federal pesticide laws.

ABC Corp distributed an antimicrobial disinfectant that failed effectiveness testing.

During an inspection in 2005, test results found samples of Fresh and Clean ineffective against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and did not meet its labeling claim of being suitable for hospital use.

An EPA spokesperson says hospital disinfectants must meet specific efficacy requirements, which Fresh and Clean does not.

Disinfectants are considered pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Acts.