US COVID-19 Fraud: Tincture, Sanitizer Warnings, Criminal Contempt Charges And Civil Settlement
FDA’s latest COVID-19 warnings note fewer violative claims than identified in previous warnings to consumer health firms. One had a single noncompliant claim on its website, while another’s violations included identifying potential symptoms of COVID-19. Four men associated with a Florida church face counts of conspiracy to defraud the US and of contempt of court stemming from COVID-1 claims for a bleach solution.
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