US approves first surface disinfectant products tested on SARS-CoV-2 virus

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved two new surface disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

The two products, Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist have been approved specifically for the use against SARS-CoV-2 following laboratory testing, marking a “critical step” in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, according to the president and CEO of the Household and Commercial Products Association (HCPA), Steve Caldeira.

“Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the HCPA has been providing input to the EPA on List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2,” said Caldeira. “The products on this list are registered with the EPA and meet certain criteria, including demonstrating efficacy against a harder-to-kill virus.

“There are currently more than 400 products on List N, the majority of which are manufactured by HCPA member companies.”

Talking about the newly-approved Lysol products, Caldeira said the HCPA “applauds” the EPA for its dedication and commitment to providing the US public with the resources they need to navigate this public health crisis. He added: “We’re also proud of RB, an HCPA board member company, which manufactures Lysol products.

“We appreciate their passionate work – as well as the meaningful efforts of all of our members – on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19, and congratulate them for their commitment to innovation, excellence, and in helping to keep consumers and workers safe and healthy.”

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said: “EPA is committed to identifying new tools and providing accurate and up-to-date information to help the US public protect themselves and their families from the novel coronavirus.

“EPA’s review of products tested against this virus marks an important milestone in President Trump’s all of government approach to fighting the spread against COVID-19.”

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