The US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has fined a Southern California technology company USD 208,000 for 'nano coating' pesticide claims on computer peripherals. According to the EPA, IOGEAR made unverified claims that coating on keyboard and mouse accessories would eliminate pathogens and kill bacteria.
‘We’re seeing far too many unregistered products that assert unsubstantiated antimicrobial properties,’ said Katherine Taylor, associate director of the Communities and Ecosystems Division in EPA’s Pacific Southwest region. ‘Whether the claim involves use of an existing material such as silver, or new nanotechnology, the EPA takes these unverified public health claims very seriously. Consumers should always follow common-sense hygiene practices, like washing hands frequently and thoroughly’.
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