Antimicrobial Consumer Products
- Consumer Products Treated with Pesticides
- In recent years, consumers have been increasingly concerned about the
presence of bacteria in or on various items. In response to these
fears, many consumer products that are treated with antimicrobial
pesticides have appeared in the marketplace. These products bear
implied or explicit public health pesticidal claims to protect the
public against harmful microorganisms -- bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
Some of these products include cutting boards, kitchen sponges, cat
litter, toothbrushes, and juvenile toys. EPA advises consumers not to
rely on antibacterial claims as a substitute for following common-sense
hygienic practices. EPA does not know whether these treated products
work as claimed.
- Antimicrobial Pesticide Products
- Antimicrobials are substances or mixtures of substances used to
destroy or suppress the growth of harmful microorganisms such as
bacteria or fungi on inanimate objects and surfaces. Antimicrobials can
be found in products such as disinfectants and antiseptics. This page
provides a description of the usage and types of antimicrobial
products. It also discusses EPA's regulation of antimicrobials.
- Antimicrobial Pesticides
- EPA. This site provides registration information to the antimicrobial
regulated community and other stakeholders. Much of the information
provided on the website is technical, but also includes background
documents on policies, requirements, and procedures of how EPA
regulates antimicrobial pesticides.
- EPA. While written for its use in anthrax decontamination, this item
explains what bleach is, what it does, and why it is a pesticide.
- National Antimicrobial Information Network (NAIN)
- NAIN has ceased all operations, including its web site. Beginning
Monday April 1 inquiries and/or comments regarding antimicrobial
pesticides should be directed to Michael Hardy or David Liem of the US
Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pesticide Programs at (703)