The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ordered O‘ahu-based company Hawaii Unified Industries, LLC DBA HUI Restoration (HUI) to stop distributing and selling two pesticides going by the names “InstaPURE” and “EverPURE” used as part of the company’s two-step dry-fogging service.

EPA has reason to believe that these products violate the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. It is critical for public health that EPA take enforcement action against companies selling products making pesticidal claims when those products are not registered and when they make unapproved claims of efficacy against human pathogens.

In June 2020, EPA and the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture inspected HUI’s office located in Waianae, O‘ahu. EPA conducted a follow-up inspection with HUI’s sub-contractor, Ground Up Pacific Construction, at their facility in Kailua, O‘ahu. During the inspections, InstaPURE and EverPURE products were found to be missing the required product labeling. Additionally, EverPURE was not registered as a pesticide by EPA. Furthermore, HUI made claims about InstaPURE and EverPURE that were false or misleading.

Public health claims can only be made regarding antimicrobial disinfectant products that have been properly tested and are registered with the EPA. The agency will not register a disinfectant until it has been determined that it will not pose an unreasonable risk when used according to the label directions. Products not registered by EPA can be harmful to human health, cause adverse effects, and may not be effective against the spread of germs.

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