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Pesticide News Story: Revised Web Page Describing When Cleaning Products are Pesticides under FIFRA

For Release: July 30, 2010

On July 23, 2010, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs updated its Web page to describe the regulatory background and longstanding policy concerning pesticidal claims on unregistered cleaning products. The revised guidance provides examples of claims that, under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Agency considers:

This guidance applies to claims made on a cleaning product’s label or labeling, or through other means such as Web sites, advertising, promotional or sales activities, and testimonials. Unregistered cleaning products are not permitted to make pesticidal claims. If they do, they must be registered under FIFRA. The EPA Web page, Determining if a Cleaning Product is a Pesticide under FIFRA, is located at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/pest-habitat-claims.html.

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