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Some of the products on List N say “Food Contact.” What does that mean?

List N, EPA’s list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (the coronavirus that causes COVID-19), tells you the types of surfaces on which you can safely use a disinfectant product. (Click the green plus sign next to a product’s registration number and look at the Surface Type.)

You can use certain products on surfaces that touch food, such as dishes, cooking utensils, and countertops. For these products, the surface type in List N will include the phrase “Food Contact.”

Sometimes the product’s directions will require a user to rinse the surface after disinfecting -- this will be noted in List N as Food Contact Surfaces, Post-Rinse Required. When a rinse is not necessary, this will be noted as Food Contact Surfaces, No Rinse. You can find out whether you need to rinse the surface after disinfection by reading the directions on the product label.

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