GEPA urges caution when purchasing, importing, and using surface disinfectants

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The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) reminds the community that anyone intending to import surface disinfectant products and pesticides into Guam must submit a Notice of Arrival (NOA) with the agency, prior to the arrival of shipment. The NOA can be downloaded at epa.guam.gov/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Notice-of-Arrival-of-Pesticides-and-Devices.pdf

Guam EPA collaborates with the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency to safeguard the island from the importation of unregistered surface disinfectants. Disinfectants are antimicrobial chemicals designed to destroy microorganisms on surfaces and are classified as pesticides. Consumers are urged to exercise caution when purchasing and using surface disinfectants. Unregistered surface disinfectants can put consumers at risk, as they may be ineffective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Please visit www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2 to view a list of products that have been proven safe and effective for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Both consumers and importers are reminded to carefully examine product labels that are affixed to surface disinfectant products and ensure the label:

  • Is printed in the English language
  • Lists an EPA Registration number
  • Lists an EPA Establishment number
  • Lists the manufacturer’s name
  • Offers directions for use
  • Provides instructions for storage and disposal

Across the nation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is actively enforcing registration requirements under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Guam is subject to FIFRA requirements. Pesticides, including surface disinfectant products sold in Guam and the U.S. must be approved and registered under FIFRA. EPA follows a strict legal, scientific and administrative process to ensure pesticides and surface disinfectant products do not pose an unreasonable risk to human health when used according to label directions. The process is necessary before manufacturers can make claims about a pesticide disinfectant product.

Locally, and in accordance with the Guam Pesticides Act, civil penalties and fines of up to $10,000 per violation may be levied against those who violate the requirements. Those found in violation of FIFRA may also face federal felony charges.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit dphss.guam.gov or guamrecovery.com. For inquiries on COVID-19, contact 311 through a local number, or call the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

(Joint Information Center Release No. 242)

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