Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) is calling attention to a recent concern involving disinfectants and the current COVID-19 pandemic.
With mass production of disinfectants hitting shelves nationwide, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Division of Agricultural Environmental Services is warning consumers to choose products that qualify against COVID-19.
In a statement, Commissioner Friend commented that “with an abundance of new products flooding our shelves and online marketplace during this pandemic, it’s important that consumers and businesses do their homework before purchasing disinfectant products.”
She explained that “while many disinfectants are effective against COVID-19, others are not and can be harmful if misused.”
Fried concluded that “consumers should verify that the product they’re purchasing is registered with the EPA and FDACS, and is proven to be effective.”
Because disinfectants are considered pesticides, consumers are asked to reference the National Information Retrieval System to make sure that the products are registered for use in the sunshine state.