—EPA Approves Nanosilver Pesticide “” EPA has approved the use of HeiQ AGS-20, a nanosilver-based antimicrobial product that will be incorporated into textiles such as those used in socks, sportswear, undergarments, linens, tarps, and awnings. AGS-20, produced by the Switzerland-based company HeiQ Materials, is the first product that contains nanosilver as an active ingredient to be approved by EPA as an antimicrobial under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide & Rodenticide Act. Several products currently on the market contain nanosilver, but they are not approved by EPA as antimicrobials under the federal pesticide law and therefore cannot make antimicrobial claims. As a condition of approval, EPA is requiring HeiQ to submit new toxicity data, including occupational exposure scenarios and stability tests to determine whether nanosilver particles are released from textiles that contain AGS-20.
by Britt E. Erickson |
December 12, 2011