2 companies were fined $325,000 after the EPA said they falsely marketed a pesticide as a weapon against COVID-19

A Transport for London worker sprays Zoono-71 inside a Victoria Line tube train.

Two New Jersey companies falsely marketed a pesticide as a disinfectant against COVID-19, the EPA said.
Zoono USA and Zoono Holdings were collectively fined $325,000.
United Airlines was among the companies who had bought the Zoono Microbe Shield, using it to clean its place.

Two New Jersey companies have been fined $325,000 for selling a pesticide they marketed as a weapon against COVID-19, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

The EPA said that Zoono USA and Zoono Holdings had used “false and misleading claims” about the effectiveness of Zoono Microbe Shield, a registered pesticide, and its suitability for use as a sanitizer or disinfectant against viruses, “including against the virus that causes COVID-19.”

The sprays were sold on websites including Amazon and bought by both individuals and institutions, including community centers, per the EPA. United Airlines even used the spray as a coating for its plane cabins, in conjunction with other cleaning measures including electrostatic disinfection. Zoono says it has also supplied Australia’s flag carrier Qantas Airlines.

The EPA said the two companies had violated federal laws because they sold the product using public-health claims “that substantially differed” from those approved during the product’s EPA registration, which had included its effectiveness against fungi, mold, and bacteria that cause odors, staining, or discoloration.

“Approved uses allowed on Zoono Microbe Shield labeling do not include use as a disinfectant or sanitizer or any public health claims,” the EPA said.

The EPA has reached settlements with the two companies: Zoono USA will pay a $205,000 civil penalty and Zoono Holdings will pay $120,000. The companies have taken actions to come into compliance with the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, the EPA added.

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Source:: Businessinsider

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