U.S. EPA orders Amazon, eBay to stop selling unsafe COVID-19 products

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Emeh Joy

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has instructed E-commerce companies Amazon Inc and eBay Inc to desist from selling on their platforms unsafe or unproven disinfectants including those falsely marketed as having the ability to kill COVID-19.

According to a report by Bloomberg on Thursday, EPA issued orders directing the companies to stop selling and distributing 70 products which include lanyards, sprays and other products which have been promoted as "preventing epidemics".

It is required of the companies to remove the products from their websites and also to confirm that they have done so.

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

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

Reuters requested for comments from EPA and eBay but did not receive an immediate response to the emailed requests.

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