BECQ warns against false pesticidal claims related to Covid-19

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THE Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality issued a public notice on Thursday stating that the “use of misbranded/adulterated pesticide products places our community, especially our children and elderly, at risk of being exposed to toxic substances and potential harm.”

BECQ Administrator Eli Cabrera noted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “has expressed a high-level concern [about] the possibility of manufacturers selling and distributing ‘disinfectant products’ making false pesticidal claims about the coronavirus (Covid-19).”

BECQ said only pesticides that are actively registered by the EPA are “allowable for import, sale, and use in the CNMI” and only “disinfectant products that are labeled for use against the microorganisms are antimicrobial pesticides.”

The EPA has provided a list of disinfectant products that can be used against Covid-19. This list is available online at https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2.

“The products on this list may be sold under different ‘brand names’ but if they have the same EPA registration number, they are the same product.”

BECQ encourages the public to “ensure that the directions for use on the product label are followed for proper use and effectiveness.”

BECQ said it will take enforcement actions against markets selling misbranded or adulterated pesticides. For more information, contact the BECQ Pesticides Branch at 664-8512 or visit the BECQ website at www.deq.gov.mp.

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