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

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 registration was obtained.

Samir Haj, owner of EcoShield, LLC, admitted that he negotiated an agreement on behalf of the company with a foreign exporter that allowed him to import the product for a cost of $6.25 per unit. When he imported 125,000 units into the United States on June 10, 2019, he falsely declared the value to be approximately $2.07 per unit, resulting in an underpayment of Customs duty of $33,919.

The product was falsely described as an air purifier rather than a pesticide. The defendants shipped the product to individuals who purchased from their website via U.S. Mail, including a shipment to an undercover mailbox in Arizona in May of 2020. The product, as noted on the label, contains sodium chlorite, which is an item declared to be unmailable under U.S. Postal rules and regulations.  Sodium chlorite was deemed unmailable because of its propensity to cause fire or explosion.

As part of the plea agreements, the defendants agreed to forfeit $427,689, the proceeds from the sale of the illegal product, and to pay restitution of $86,754 for the unpaid duty and the cost of disposing of the product that was not sold.  In addition, the company agreed to pay a fine of $42,000, for a total financial penalty of $556,443.

“This defendant took advantage of COVID-19 fears to market an illegal product,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “We are aggressively pursuing opportunists who exploit the pandemic to make money.”

Grossman praised Assistant U.S. Attorney Melanie Pierson; trial attorney Stephen DaPonte of the Department of Justice’s Environmental Crimes Section; and agents with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigations Division; Homeland Security Investigations; and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their exceptional work on this case.

“Unregistered pesticide products pose serious public health dangers,” said Special Agent in Charge Scot Adair of EPA’s criminal enforcement program in California. “Today’s guilty plea demonstrates that EPA and our law enforcement partners are committed to protecting the American people from products that make fraudulent – and potentially harmful – COVID-19 protection claims.”

“Whenever someone uses the U.S. Mail to send dangerous, illegal, or improper items, Postal Inspectors will find them and bring them to justice,” said Eric Shen, Acting Postal Inspector in Charge, Los Angeles Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. “We remain committed to keeping the mail safe for our customers and our employees.”

“This individual violated several federal laws and jeopardized public safety by marketing and selling an unproven device,” said Cardell T. Morant, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). “It’s despicable that he preyed upon people’s fear of COVID-19 to turn a profit. HSI will continue to work with our partners at Environmental Protection Agency -Criminal Investigation Division, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office to ensure public safety during this pandemic.”

Sentencing is scheduled for August 13, 2021 at 9 a.m. Before U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino.

DEFENDANTS                                               Case Number 21cr1463

EcoShield, LLC                                               Formed: July 2018                         San Diego, California     

Samir Haj                                                                     Age: 46San Diego, California


For Eco Shield LLC

Entry of Goods Falsely Classified – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 541

Maximum penalty: Five years of probation and $500,000 fine or twice the amount of gross gain or loss, restitution to victims, forfeiture of proceeds

For Samir Haj

Entry of Goods Falsely Classified – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 541

Maximum penalty: Two years in custody and $250,000 fine, restitution to victims, forfeiture of proceeds

Nonmailable Injurious Articles – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1716(j)(1)

Maximum penalty: One year in custody and $100,000 fine

Distribution or Sale of Unregistered Pesticides – Title 7, U.S.C., Sections 136j(a)(1)(A) and 136l(b)(1)(B)

Maximum penalty: One year in custody and $100,000 fine


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigations Division

Homeland Security Investigations

U.S. Postal Inspection Service

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

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 COVID-19 pandemic, and EPA will continue to take enforcement actions such as this ‘Stop Sale’ order to protect public health.

EPA has issued the ‘Stop Sale’ order to prevent the companies from continuing to distribute or offer for sale these unregistered disinfectants. The products have been available for sale on their websites and are marketed for use in medical facilities, schools, offices, and homes.

“Effective disinfectants are vital to our communities in a pandemic.,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Enforcement Director Amy Miller. “If disinfectants are not registered, not effective, or make false claims, EPA will take action.”

Public health claims for pesticide products, including disinfectants, can only be made following proper testing and registration with the EPA. The agency will not register a pesticide until it has been determined the product will not pose an unreasonable risk to human health when used according to the label directions. Unregistered products can be harmful to human health, cause adverse effects, and may not be effective against the spread of germs.

To view the most up-to-date list of EPA-registered disinfectant products, visit

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ESG Safe staff searched the internet to see if the products are still being marketed and sold. The answer is yes. No information regarding a response or whether they are currently seeking to get their products registered for sale in the US was found as of April 9, 2021. Products distributed by ESG Safe always meet government requirements and are verifiable on various agency web sites.

Electrostatic spraying debunked

Have you been told you need electrostatic spraying? Electrostatic sprayers are expensive and in short supply. The only reason you need an electrostatic sprayer for disinfecting, including killing Covid-19, is because the chemical going into the sprayer needs it to improve the electric charge. However, if you use a chemical that does not need the electric charge, then you don’t need expensive sprayers as part of your service.

Electrostatic disinfection is a process whereby surfaces are disinfected with electrically charged particles for even, complete disinfecting coverage. The electrostatic applicator gives a negative charge to the disinfecting solution as it exits the nozzle.

We’re recommending a solution that is 2.5 stronger than similar products, and does not require an electrostatic sprayer. It has five electrons soaring around its molecule – a uniquely high number. This makes it one of the strongest pound-for-pound oxidizers on the market. Other products aren’t as selective when it comes to how they react with the pathogen they are trying to destroy.

It’s a myth that electrostatic spraying destroys Covid for any number of hours. Electrostatic disinfection does not create a protective barrier, rather it lasts until the surface is touched again. For example, it will kill any pathogens on the surface when you initially spray, and that lasts until it is next touched, when it will need to be disinfected again.

The bottom line? Our favorite Covid-19 Coronavirus and overall biocide killer is 2.5 times stronger, safer, and more effective than other products on the market.

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VitalOxide Covid killer disinfectant review

VitalOxide is a ready to use product on the EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). There are wide variations in Covid killing products and this product review highlights some items procurement and supply chain staff need to know to make purchasing decisions.

What is the efficacy of VitalOxide?

VitalOxide delivers ready to use (RTU) as a full-strength EPA hospital disinfectant for hard non-porous surfaces, with a Covid kill rate of 10 minutes. As with all EPA disinfectants to kill Covid-19, with the exception of laundry products, it’s approved for hard non-porous surfaces only. It kills bacteria in 60 seconds. Applications include spray, sponge, mop, or by immersion in solution. Allow surfaces to remain wet for 5 minutes or 10 minutes for virus inactivation (refer to the viruses table for contact times) 10 minutes for bacteria disinfection. No re-entry for minimum 20 minutes for fogging or misting. It can be diluted per instructions.

What are the primary ingredients of Vital Oxide?

Chlorine Dioxide……………0.200%
Alkyl (60% C14, 30% C16, 5% C12, 5% C18) dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride…………………………0.125%
Alkyl (68% C12, 32% C14) dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonium chloride…………………………0.125%

Because it contains quaternary ammoniums (quats for short), their use on contact areas is of concern to some, especially because of the overall increased exposure from sanitizers, cleaning agents, shampoos and more during the current pandemic. Quats linger on surfaces long after being cleaned, and if people or pets react like mice (unknown), repeated contact may have potential for side effects. We just don’t know because few studies have been done.

On quaternary ammoniums, “I’m definitely very concerned,” says Libin Xu, a biochemist at the University of Washington. The public, he adds, may know that quats kill bacteria and viruses. But through his research, Xu has found that quats can also disrupt key cellular pathways.

What is the method of delivery of disinfectant? VitalOxide recommends an electrostatic sprayer for fogging or use manual hand spray. No personal protection equipment needed is needed to apply.

What does it clean?

According to the label, VitalOxide is a 7 in one solution EPA registered hospital disinfectant and is a 100% biodegradeable surficant. NSF-registered “no rinse on food-contact surfaces” sanitizer; Certified by the Carpet & Rug Institute for pet stains and odor; Effective disinfectant that kills 99.999% of bacteria and viruses, including H1N1; MRSA; Norovirus; HIV; Legionella; Pseudomonas aeruginosa; Hepatitis A, B, and C; Ebola virus; and others; kills molds.

Homes, vehicles, schools, daycare, gyms, locker rooms, sports gear, hospitals, nursing homes, laundry rooms, veterinary, ambulances,
laboratories, restaurants, boats, ships, federally inspected meat & poultry processing plants, farms, animal pens and poultry houses, egg processing premises, hatcheries, swine premise sanitation, refrigerated storage units, HVAC and AC systems, airplanes, trains, trucks, buses & automobiles. Use as a mold inhibitor on hard non-porous surfaces and soft surfaces, botanical facilities, commercial greenhouses customer/public areas, floral shops, garden centers, horticultural facilities, plant growing chambers, plant growing facilities, plant growing rooms, plant holding areas, greenhouse equipment, greenhouse films, plant display racks, plant grow shelves.

How much does it cost? MSRP $37.95 for one gallon.

Is it eco-friendly?

In my opinion RTU disinfectants are inherently environmentally unfriendly. They’re heavy, adding to shipping impact, the containers are made from fossil fuels, and if containers not recycled, it’s a lot of landfill space. The label says it contains no CFC’s, however, CFCs have been banned since 1996. Quats are an unknown risk to humans, pets and our food supply. The container can be recycled but it cannot be reused at the same dilution as when it was delivered.

ESG Safe Analysis :

Avoid using products with Quaternary ammonium as the primary active ingredient at home and work. We do not recommend any product, including Vital Oxide, that uses Quats.


About ESG Safe: ESG Safe offers cleaning, environmental improvement and PPE solutions helping companies meet environmental social governance goals, while improving public safety and our planet. ESG Safe’s lead disinfectant has a Covid kill rate of 60 seconds and is safe for all commercial and residential needs. Expensive electrostatic sprayers are not needed due to product technology. Call now for in-stock products.