Nursing Home Monetary Penalties Heat Up

Posted on August 26, 2021Categories Industry News

CMS reverses prior decision to change penalties from per day to per instance. AARP Foundation and a Washington-based law firm sued to block the per instance penalty, which created endless nursing home violations without further penalty before fixing, if ever. Nearly one third of all Covid related deaths are in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care settings. CMS is hereby removing the July 7, 2017 Memo (S&C 17-37-NH) from its guidance repository. In that memo, CMS instructed … Continue reading “Nursing Home Monetary Penalties Heat Up”

EPA Issues Order to eBay to Stop Selling 170 Unregistered, Misbranded Pesticides

Posted on June 16, 2021June 23, 2021Categories Industry NewsTags ,

WASHINGTON – On June 16, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered eBay Inc., of San Jose, California, to stop selling 170 unregistered and/or misbranded pesticide products in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The EPA amended the Stop Sale Use or Removal Order issued to eBay on June 10, 2020 to include the additional products.  Following up on tips and complaints from consumers and members of the regulated community, the EPA identified 170 pesticides … Continue reading “EPA Issues Order to eBay to Stop Selling 170 Unregistered, Misbranded Pesticides”

San Diego Firm and Owner Pleads Guilty to Illegal Importation, Sale and Mailing of Product Marketed as COVID-19 Killer

Posted on May 26, 2021June 23, 2021Categories Industry NewsTags ,

SAN DIEGO – A San Diego firm and its owner pleaded guilty in federal court today to charges relating to the unlawful importation, sale and mailing of an unregistered pesticide product from Japan marketed as a killer of airborne viruses such as COVID-19. The product, known as EcoAirDoctor, was a small badge represented to emit a gas that would kill viruses within a certain distance.  Such products are required to be registered as pesticides in the United States; no such … Continue reading “San Diego Firm and Owner Pleads Guilty to Illegal Importation, Sale and Mailing of Product Marketed as COVID-19 Killer”

EPA orders Philadelphia company to stop making inaccurate health claims about pesticide

Posted on April 9, 2021April 9, 2021Categories Disinfectant, Industry NewsTags

03/31/2021 Contact Information:  EPA Region 3 Press Office PHILADELPHIA (March 31, 2021) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered ViaClean Technologies, operating in Philadelphia, to stop marketing the pesticide BioProtect RTU with claims that it is effective against surfaces from public health related pathogens such as the coronavirus. Although the product is registered to inhibit the growth of “non-public health” microorganisms, it is not registered to address “public health” pathogens. EPA is concerned that customers may have used … Continue reading “EPA orders Philadelphia company to stop making inaccurate health claims about pesticide”

U.S. EPA orders Nevada and California companies to stop selling illegal disinfectants

Posted on April 1, 2021April 9, 2021Categories Industry NewsTags ,

SAN FRANCISO – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered Macoma, LLC and FN Nano, Inc., located in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, as well as JT Construction Group, Inc. and BZ Nano, located in Glendale, California, to stop selling the unregistered disinfectant FN Nano Photocatalytic coatings, aka FN Coatings, FN NANO2 Photocatalytic Film. This product is an unregistered disinfectant pesticide being sold in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). Such practices are particularly problematic during the … Continue reading “U.S. EPA orders Nevada and California companies to stop selling illegal disinfectants”

EPA orders Amazon to halt illegal pesticides sales

Posted on February 9, 2021June 23, 2021Categories Industry News

The Seattle office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it has issued a “stop sale” order to Amazon.com to prevent sales on the platform of potentially dangerous or ineffective unregistered pesticides and pesticide devices making illegal and misleading claims, including multiple products that claimed to protect against viruses. This action adds 70 products to a June 6, 2020 EPA order which contained over 30 illegal products.  “Unregistered pesticides in the e-commerce marketplace pose a significant and immediate health … Continue reading “EPA orders Amazon to halt illegal pesticides sales”

FDA News Release Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Continues to Combat Fraudulent COVID-19 Medical Products

Posted on May 7, 2020January 19, 2021Categories Industry NewsTags

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is providing an update on the agency’s efforts to combat the extremely concerning actions by companies and individuals that are exploiting or taking advantage of widespread fear among consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to scammers on the internet selling unproven medical products, the FDA has taken – and continues to take – a number of steps to find and stop those selling unapproved products that fraudulently claim to mitigate, prevent, treat, … Continue reading “FDA News Release Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Continues to Combat Fraudulent COVID-19 Medical Products”

Sweeping New Report on Global Environmental Impact of Plastics Reveals Severe Damage to Climate

Posted on May 15, 2019January 20, 2021Categories Industry News

Study Recommends Solutions, Including Phasing Out Single-Use Plastics WASHINGTON, DC — In 2019 alone, the production and incineration of plastic will add more than 850 million metric tons of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere—equal to the pollution from 189 new 500-megawatt coal-fired power plants, according to a new report, Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet. The rapid global growth of the plastic industry—fueled by cheap natural gas from hydraulic fracturing—is not only destroying the environment and … Continue reading “Sweeping New Report on Global Environmental Impact of Plastics Reveals Severe Damage to Climate”