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August 6, 2013 > Fry's fined for health claims

Fry's fined for health claims

Submitted By David Yogi, U.S. EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced August 2, 2013 that electronics retailer Fry's Electronics has agreed to pay a $50,000 penalty to settle a case against the company for importing and selling an unregistered gaming equipment wipe that falsely claimed to be anti-bacterial and anti-pathogenic.

"Before putting any products on the floor for sale, retailers must ensure they are in compliance with federal environmental laws," said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. "EPA will continue to work with our state counterparts to ensure that products do not make unverified claims about health benefits."

Evidence collected during an inspection by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation in February 2010 and a follow-up EPA investigation led EPA to issue a complaint against Fry's Electronics for the improper importation, sale and distribution of Cambre Products' Game On brand "Dirt Rags." After being contacted by EPA, Fry's Electronics promptly pulled the product from its shelves nationwide.

Products that claim to kill or repel bacteria or germs are considered pesticides, and must be registered with EPA before their sale or distribution, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The Agency will not register a pesticide until it has been tested to show that it will not pose an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment when used according to the approved label directions. Consumers should carefully follow the directions for proper use, and to look for the EPA registration number printed on product labels.

For more information on FIFRA and its enforcement, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/oecaagct/lfra.html

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