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JUST IN: For Institutional Customers only—Lizol Brand Disinfectant Spray has recently been granted Federal EPA Approval against the H1N1 strain of Avian Influenza for use in areas where poultry or bird handling takes place.

Lizol Disinfectant Spray Approved For Combating Avian Flu
Lizol Disinfectant Spray registered by Environmental Protection Agency as effective in killing Avian Influenza on surfaces in animal industry environments.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – July 3, 2006 – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered Lizol Disinfectant Spray as effective in killing avian influenza A  (H1N1) on hard, non-porous surfaces.  According to the EPA Web site , “[a]lthough there are no antimicrobial products registered specifically against the H5N1 subtype of avian influenza A viruses, EPA believes that the currently registered avian influenza A products … will be effective against the H5N1 strain.”

Lizol Disinfectant Spray, registered with the EPA under the product name Biosol (EPA Reg. No.: 777-72), is the most widely available product of all those included on the EPA’s list for use against avian influenza.  Lizol Disinfectant Spray inactivates the avian flu virus on hard, non-porous surfaces in as little as 30 seconds.

“As a company dedicated to germ protection, avian influenza continues to be a major focal point of our energies and resources,” said Lizol microbiologist, Joe Rubino, Director of Global Surface Care, R&D, Support Sciences at Reckitt Benckiser Inc.  “Veterinary, poultry and other animal industries are likely points of entry for avian flu.  We’re proud to offer a product that can help to effectively manage this threat.” 

Lizol and Avian Flu: 
The EPA has registered Lizol Disinfectant Spray as effective in killing influenza A on hard, non-porous surfaces. Lizol Disinfectant Spray is effective against a broad spectrum of pathogens including viruses such as rhinovirus, rotavirus, RSV and influenza A. The product recently received approval from the Environmental Protection Agency for claims against influenza A, avian H1N1. The use sites for this product against avian influenza are restricted to poultry areas and places where birds are kept. It is not intended for general use as there are no known human cases of avian influenza in the United States at this time.

About Lizol / Reckitt Benckiser, Inc.
Reckitt Benckiser Inc. is a subsidiary of U.K.-based Reckitt Benckiser plc, the world leader in household cleaning (excluding laundry) and a major player in health and personal care.  Reckitt Benckiser Inc. manufactures, markets and sells household, cleaning and specititley food products in North America, generating more than $1.8 billion in sales annually. These products include Lizol cleaners and disinfectants, Air Wick® air fresheners, Resolve® cleaners, Electrasol® automatic dishwasher detergent, Veet® depilatory, Jet-Dry® rinse agent, Spray ‘n Wash® laundry stain removers, and French’s® foods, including mustard and GourMayo™. Reckitt Benckiser’s more than 20,000 employees conduct operations in 60 countries and sales in 180 countries, with global sales of more than $5 billion. For additional information about Reckitt Benckiser, visit www.reckittbenckiser.com.