As previously featured, U.S. agencies have stepped up scrutiny and enforcement of pesticide law against substances purporting to kill the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Recently the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has also stepped up enforcement, sending letters to 45 companies regarding potentially misleading product claims about COVID-19, including various air and water filters that could violate pesticide law. Manufacturers, importers and retailers that deal in pesticide and pesticide devices should pay special attention to any antiviral claims on products in the current regulatory climate.
Devices regulated by the Food and Drug Administration are also receiving extra scrutiny, shown by the Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement of complaints in federal district court against two companies that claimed to offer products that could kill the novel coronavirus: Applied BioSciences Corp. and Turbo Global Partners. Taken together, this shows the federal government moving aggressively against products claiming to combat COVID-19.