The Pesticide and Fertilizer Programs regulate the sale and use of pesticides and fertilizers in Oregon with the following goals:
- Protect people and the environment from any adverse effects of pesticide use while maintaining the availability of pesticides for beneficial uses
- Assure that effective fertilizer, agricultural mineral, agricultural amendment, and lime products are provided for agricultural and consumer uses
Effective Disinfectants to Help Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
On March 5, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of disinfectant products approved
for use against COVID-19 on surfaces. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), the agency that regulates
disinfectants and other pesticides, looked at that list and found that some of those products are not registered
or legal to purchase in Oregon. Therefore, ODA created a Disinfectants for COVID-19 webpage as well as a list for Oregonians that includes legal products
approved effective by the EPA (see tables below). Please remember: the virus that causes COVID-19 is too new to be listed on existing
labels so you won’t find it listed. The products on Oregon’s disinfectant list are approved effective by the EPA if the
instructions on the label are followed.
ODA reminds Oregonians that disinfectants must be left on surfaces for a specific amount of time, and
concentrates must be diluted correctly. The effective contact time and dilution for a disinfectant depends on the
product and the virus. This information can be found on the products label. Please follow the label.
You can ensure maximum virus killing power by:
- Looking for the “Disinfection” section on the label and use the maximum contact time and most concentrated
dilution rate (amount of disinfectant to mix with water) in this section.
- If you're unsure, contact the product manufacturer for help with identifying the correct use instructions.
- Exceeding the maximum concentration on the label.
- Reducing the contact time.
- Applying something to non-labeled sites. For example, if a label does not allow application on food surfaces,
don’t use it on food surfaces.
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