Importing unregistered disinfectant product into Los Angeles. U.S. EPA settles with New York’s Quest USA Corp. November 9, 2020
For Immediate Release: November 9, 2020 Media Contact: Soledad Calvino, 415-972-3512, firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. EPA settles with New York’s Quest USA Corp. for
importing unregistered disinfectant product into Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has
reached a settlement with Quest USA Corp. for violations of federal
pesticide law. The company, based in New York, illegally imported
alcohol wipes that were not registered with the EPA through the Port of
Long Beach. As the product was not EPA-registered, neither its public
health claims or potential effects on human health and environment have
been evaluated. The company has agreed to pay a $213,668 civil penalty.
“Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, EPA has worked to
ensure that the public has access to effective surface
disinfectants,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional
Administrator John Busterud. “EPA will continue to
monitor for illegal products with unproven or misleading public health
EPA has been working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to
identify and block entry of illegal products, many of which are being
imported from China. In this case, Quest attempted to import over
650,000 wipes in 20 shipments into the United States. The Quest
products, BioPure Multipurpose Wipes,
were halted under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act
(FIFRA), which prohibits the distribution or sale of unregistered
pesticides. The company also failed to file required documents stating
that it was importing pesticides into the United States.
Under FIFRA, purported disinfectant products that claim to
kill or repel viruses, bacteria or germs are considered pesticides and
must be registered with the EPA prior to distribution or sale. Public
health claims can only be made regarding products that have been
properly tested and are registered with the EPA. The agency will not
register a pesticide until it has been determined that it will not pose
an unreasonable risk when used according to the label directions.
Products not registered by EPA can be harmful to human health, cause
adverse effects, and may not be effective against the spread of germs.
EPA has released an expanded list of EPA-registered disinfectant
products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel
coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The list contains over 500 additional
products—including products that went through the expedited review
process for emerging viral pathogens.