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Sellers of Fake Anti-Coronavirus Products Risk Legal Action

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler. (Win McNamee/Getty)

By    |   Friday, 03 April 2020 02:43 PM

Retailers selling sanitizers and disinfectants that falsely claim to protect against the coronavirus are being threatened with possible legal action by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The New York Times reported on Friday that the products are flooding the market as the nation deals with the deadly pandemic.

The unregistered products include sprays, air purifiers and wipes that say they prevent infection from the virus. One product, a necklace containing chlorine dioxide, a bleaching agent, goes so far as to claim it sanitizes the wearer.

The agency said it had stopped shipments of the necklace from entering U.S. Pacific ports under federal pesticide laws.

The EPA also added a Chinese-made sticker called “The Flu Virus Buster,” along with sprays and wipes that claim to kill “99 percent of germs” to the list of products that should not be for sale.

“We will work diligently to ensure that consumers have access to EPA-approved and verified surface disinfectant products; products that we know to be effective against the novel coronavirus,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

He said the agency is working with the Department of Justice “to bring the full force of law” against anyone who continues the sale of fake products.

The EPA has issued a five page list of disinfectants that can be used to protect consumers from the virus. The agency released the chemical and products it says are strong enough to ward off “harder-to-kill” viruses than the one responsible for coronavirus.

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