WASHINGTON — Micro Pen of U.S.A. Inc. violated Environmental Protection Agency guidelines by claiming that a plastic pen it manufactures fights disease, including food poisoning and urinary tract infection, an EPA hearing officer has ruled.
The EPA wants to fine the Buena Park, Calif.-based company $123,750.
However, the EPA administrative law judge who heard the case, Susan Biro, told both sides in a March 22 order to negotiate the amount.
The pen was sold at Office Depot and other retailers.
The EPA's complaint said that the company also improperly claimed its ``Cleen Ball'' pen reduced the risk of skin, eye and ear infections, and bronchitis. The pen is treated with an additive that must be registered with the EPA if health claims are made.
Officials for both Micro Pen and EPA could not be reached for comment.
The case is part of a continuing crackdown by the EPA on companies it says make improper health claims about products, such as cutting boards and toothbrushes that are treated with germ-killing additives.