US False COVID-19 Claims Continue Climbing Along With Rate Of Virus’ Spread Globally
FTC nearly doubles its total of warnings on false and misleading COVID-19 claims for consumer health products with 50 announced on 21 May. WHO reported the same day that the largest number of COVID-19 cases, more than 106,000, were recorded in any 24-hour period during the pandemic.
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In addition to 45 businesses with varying levels of communication skills the FTC targeted in its latest batch of warnings about false advertising linked coronavirus, the FDA "sent hundreds of abuse complaints to domain name registrars and internet marketplaces" also linked to bogus COVID-19 claims.
FDA and FTC submit another three warnings to consumer health marketers making bogus claims to prevent or treat COVID-19. FTC also announces California firm agreed to court order to stop claiming a supplement consisting mainly of vitamin C and herbal extracts is an effective treatment.
Recent US consumer health and beauty product recalls also include three shades of lip moisturizer with sunscreen, made by Pfizer and marketed by GSK due to a packaging problem. A Florida firm recalled one lot of a CBD oil tincture after a state agency’s test found high lead levels.