EPA fines pesticide maker for product sold as disinfectant for coronavirus

WOODLAND PARK, NJ. – Two affiliated companies will pay more than $300,000 in fines for claiming a registered pesticide could be used to fight germs and viruses, including the virus that causes COVID-19, federal officials said Wednesday.

Zoono Microbe Shield was sold around the world to fight the spread of COVID-19 in places like United Airlines cabins and Amazon warehouses. But officials at the US Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that the manufacturer “made false and misleading claims about its effectiveness and suitability for use” as a disinfectant for coronavirus.

Under an agreement with the EPA, Zoono USA and Zoono Holdings will pay $205,000 and $120,000, respectively. The two are subsidiaries of a parent company based in New Zealand.

“We are committed to protecting against businesses that profit from the fact that COVID-19 remains a risk and to ensuring consumer confidence and protecting people’s health,” EPA Regional Administrator Lisa F. Garcia said in a explanation