FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBCI), today said its PERFORMACIDE® hard surface disinfectant is registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency against norovirus, the number one cause of disease outbreak caused by contaminated food in the U.S.
According to the government's Center for Disease Control, the norovirus can cause inflammation in the stomach and intestines, leading to cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and is the most common cause of gastroenteritis in America, causing up to 21 million illnesses, 71,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths annually.
The norovirus is highly contagious, so proper hygiene and disinfecting practices are necessary to prevent outbreaks in restaurants or cafeterias. Ocean Bio-Chem's PERFORMACIDE®, which is registered at the EPA as a hospital grade, can be applied to surfaces such as door knobs, chairs, table tops and salad bar guards to help eliminate the chance of a norovirus outbreak. It also should be used in kitchens, where it will kill these microorganisms that some traditional disinfectants do not eliminate.
PERFORMACIDE also can eliminate the problem of norovirus on cruise ships by keeping hard surfaces cleaned, disinfected and sanitized. A norovirus outbreak can spread very rapidly in the close quarters on a cruise ship and a wonderful vacation can be spoiled.
"Our product also kills HIV-1, MRSA, hepatitis and tuberculosis microorganisms," said Peter Dornau, Ocean Bio-Chem CEO and President. "It is easy to use, requiring no wiping or rinsing. PERFORMACIDE® can be sprayed, mopped or sponged and allowed to air dry so there is no risk of spreading microorganisms to other surfaces."
PERFORMACIDE® (http://www.performacide.com) is a patented, point-of-use, CLO2 generator patented pouch system. When the patented pouch is activated in water, it creates a concentrated solution for disinfecting, sanitizing and deodorizing. PERFORMACIDE® is a hospital grade disinfectant, sanitizer, tuberculocide, virucide, fungicide and deodorizer. The product is manufactured by OdorStar, LLC with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. http://www.odorstar.com.
About Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc.:
Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBCI), a leading manufacturer and distributor of appearance, performance, and maintenance products serving the marine, automotive, power sports, recreational vehicle and outdoor power equipment markets under the Star brite® Star Tron® and other trademarks within the United States of America and Canada. In addition, the Company produces private label formulations of many of its products for various customers and provides custom blending and packaging services for these and other products.
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Certain statements are contained in this Press Release, including without limitation, our anticipation of increased sales in 2015, including sales to our marine customers and PERFORMACIDE® sales. For this purpose, any statements contained in this report that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as "believe," "may," "will," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," or "could," including the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that may affect these results include, but are not limited to, the highly competitive nature of our industry; reliance on certain key customers; changes in consumer demand for marine, recreational vehicle and automotive products; advertising and promotional efforts; exposure to market risks relating to changes in interest rates, foreign exchange rates, prices for raw materials that are petroleum or chemical based and other factors.
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