US EPA Orders Amazon, eBay to Remove Unsafe Products That Cash In on COVID-19 Pandemic Fears

"We are removing the products in question and are taking action against the bad actors who listed them," an Amazon spokesperson said.

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US EPA Orders Amazon, eBay to Remove Unsafe Products That Cash In on COVID-19 Pandemic Fears

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  • Amazon will remove the products in question, a spokesperson said
  • The EPA pointed to 70 products
  • The companies are required to remove the products from their websites

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday that it ordered Amazon and eBay to stop selling a wide range of pesticide products on their platforms, including those that are falsely marketed as being effective against the novel coronavirus.

The EPA said the products on its list are unregistered, misbranded, or restricted-use pesticides, and pesticide devices that pose a significant health risk to consumers, children, pets and others exposed to them.

The EPA order will affect over 70 products currently listed on both websites.

"We are removing the products in question and are taking action against the bad actors who listed them," an Amazon spokesperson said in an email statement.

The company has developed specific tools for COVID-19 that scan product detail pages for any inaccurate claims that the company's initial filters may have missed, the spokesperson added.

eBay did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bloomberg had earlier reported that the EPA had issued a stop sale order to the e-commerce platforms to remove unsafe disinfectants from their websites including products that claim to work against coronavirus.

© Thomson Reuters 2020


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