28 May 2020

EPA Extends Supply Chain Flexibilities to Producers of Food-Contact Surface Sanitizers During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) will now temporarily provide producers of sanitizers on EPA’s List N of products approved for use against SARS-CoV-2 meant for food-contact surfaces that contain the active ingredient isopropyl alcohol additional supply chain flexibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, EPA is temporarily permitting those sanitizer registrants to add additional registered sources of the active ingredient isopropyl alcohol to a formulation and also to set up approved pesticide manufacturing establishments through notification to the Agency (without prior EPA approval). EPA took this step after hearing from production facilities handling low-moisture products such as grains, cereal, flour and industrial baked goods that they are having difficulty acquiring food-contact surface sanitizers.

This is the third time in recent months that EPA has extended temporary supply chain flexibilities to producers and manufacturers of disinfectant and sanitizing products approved for use against the novel coronavirus (EPA’s press releases announcing the previous two actions are available here and here). EPA’s Director of the Office of Pesticide Programs also stated in a recent Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee presentation that the Agency may consider making these temporary allowances permanent but would do so only after the opportunity for public notice and comment.