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Pesticide News Story: EPA Clarifies Prohibitions on Unregistered Cleaning Products

For Release: April 7, 2010

EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has published a Web page that articulates and gives examples of some claims on cleaning products that require the products to be registered as pesticides under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. This Web page was prompted by several cases of non-compliance in the regulated community, especially among cleaners sold in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) product lines. Several enforcement actions are underway.

Unregistered cleaning products are not permitted to make pesticidal claims. Some basic rules about product labeling and advertising:

These prohibitions apply to all media and to manufacturers, distributors or other middlemen, as well as pest control operators and other service providers.

For more information, please see the Fact Sheet on the Web site.

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