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ICAN/ATEX: How does the EPA define a disinfectant and a pesticide?

March 21, 2013

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According to the EPA, what is the difference between a pesticide and a disinfectant?

Thursday’s Answer:

The EPA defines disinfectants as anti-microbial pesticides, whereas a common pesticide is used to control insects and rodents without regard for bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms.

The official definitions are:

Disinfectant - A chemical that destroys vegetative forms of harmful microorganisms, but does not ordinarily kill bacterial spores.

Pesticide - Substances intended to  … - Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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