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July 7, 2020, 1:23 a.m. EDT

EPA OKs two Lysol sprays as virus disinfectants

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By Josh Beckerman

Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC's Lysol Disinfectant Spray has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

The EPA said Monday that its approval of the spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist last week represent its first such approvals of surface disinfectants. The Lysol products, popular with consumers seeking to reduce coronavirus risks, were on the EPA's "List N" of products meeting the criteria for effectiveness.

The List N entries for the two items were updated "to show they have now been tested directly against SARS-CoV-2." The EPA said these are the first List N products for which the EPA reviewed laboratory testing data and approved label claims against SARS-CoV-2.

Lysol Disinfectant Spray was tested per EPA guidelines and was found to kill the virus at two minutes of use, Reckitt Benckiser said. The spray was also reviewed in a peer-reviewed study of its effectiveness published in the American Journal of Infection Control, the company said.

Write to Josh Beckerman at josh.beckerman@wsj.com

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