FDA warns hand sanitizer makers about false claims

    The FDA has put four hand sanitizer companies on notice for claims that their products can prevent some infections. The companies have 15 days to correct the claims.

    Products that claim to prevent infections like staphylococcus aureus, E. coli and bird flu must submit scientific studies to the FDA first, an Associated Press story says.

    The following are in violation:

    Tec Laboratories’ Staphaseptic First Aid Gel
    JD Nelson and Associates’ Safe4Hours Hand Sanitizing Lotion and First Aid Antiseptic Skin Protectant
    Dr. G.H. Tichener Antiseptic Co.’s Antiseptic Gel
    Oh So Clean Inc.’s CleanWell All-Natural Foaming Hand Sanitizer, CleanWell All-Natural Hand Sanitizer, CleanWell All-Natural Hand Sanitizing Wipes, and CleanWell All-Natural Antibacterial Foaming Handsoap

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    The FDA can take companies to court if the warnings are ignored, resulting in seizure of products and shutdown of facilities.

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