Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 22nd February 2021.

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Photo of Angela Eagle Angela Eagle Labour, Wallasey

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the number of disinfectant products that are marketed and sold in the UK that are making false or misleading claims about their efficacy in killing covid-19 on surfaces; and what steps his Department is taking to tackle those false and misleading claims.

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (London)

The Advertising Standards Authority has an online complaints page for people to report advertisements that make misleading, harmful or irresponsible claims about COVID-19. The form can be found at: https://www.asa.org.uk/make-a-complaint/quick-report.html.

Furthermore, the Competition and Markets Authority has created a COVID-19 taskforce and set up an online form to enable consumers and business to report any businesses they believe is behaving unfairly during the pandemic. The form can be found at: https://www.coronavirus-business-complaint.service.gov.uk/.

The information received through those exercises is fed into the enforcement activities of those respective bodies and discussed at the Consumer Protection Partnership which coordinates activities.

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