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Unscrupulous Vendors Sell Bogus H1N1 Disinfectants

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning consumers to beware of
unscrupulous vendors who may market ineffective and unregistered
products or services that claim to disinfect surfaces or entire rooms
against the H1N1 influenza virus. In the current flu-conscious climate,
heightened anxiety about the spread of the H1N1 virus has bred false
claims in the marketplace.

“Unfortunately some vendors may try to take advantage of people’s fears
at a time like this and market products that aren’t effective or make
unsubstantiated claims,” said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for
EPA’s Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances. “Americans
need to be aware of what they may be buying.”

EPA registers disinfectants for use on hard surfaces, and when used
according to label directions, such products will be effective against
influenza A viruses, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic strain. There are
no products registered by EPA for use in residential settings that will
disinfect or sterilize the air or a room by fogging. Claims for
disinfecting carpeting, drapes and other porous surfaces are also
false. The products approved by EPA are for use on hard surfaces only,
and the label must state that the product is registered for the
influenza A virus.

It is important to follow label instructions to ensure the safe and
effective use of these products in specific sites, including health
care settings, homes, schools, offices, and farms. A list of more than
500 antimicrobial products registered by EPA for use against the
influenza A virus and H1N1 on hard surfaces is available on EPA’s Web

The public is encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention’s recommendations for preventing the spread of the 2009 H1N1
influenza A virus, which stresses frequently washing your hands with
soap and water.

More information on registered products:


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