The Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8 reported recently that since April 1 it has issued 14 notice of refusal of admission orders to stop illegal disinfectants and devices, including those advertised for use on the coronavirus causing COVID-19, from entering the U.S. EPA Region 8 has also issued 17 advisory letters addressing pesticide products and devices that are marketed with false or misleading claims of efficacy against the novel coronavirus and other pathogens.

These products were apparently in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, which requires all imported pesticides (e.g., products making claims to disinfect the novel coronavirus) to be properly registered and produced in a registered establishment. The EPA notes that it is continuing to work with the cited companies to ensure they have a clear understanding of all applicable laws and regulations for the importing and selling of pesticides, including disinfectants.

For more information on EPA import requirements, please contact Ned Steiner.

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