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EPA sues North Face over anti-bacterial claims

Federal environmental regulators have sued the parent company of outdoor clothing company The North Face, alleging that shoes marketed as anti-bacterial violated federal pesticide laws.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed the lawsuit Tuesday against San Leandro-based VF Outdoor Inc. over company claims that North Face footwear containing a specially treated footbed would prevent disease-causing bacteria and fungus.

The EPA says the company shouldn't have claimed the footbed would prevent the bacteria, and the lawsuit accuses the company of 162 counts based on the allegedly misleading claims.
 
 

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