The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accused four hand sanitizer companies of making false claims that their products prevent MRSA, a potentially lethal infection, as well as E. coli, salmonella, flu, or other bacteria or viruses. The claims must be removed from the product labels, Web sites and promotional materials, according to the FDA.
The four companies that received a letter from the FDA are:
Tec Laboratories – Staphaseptic First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Gel
JD Nelson and Associates – Safe4Hours Hand Sanitizing Lotion and Safe4Hours First Aid Antiseptic Skin Protectant
Dr. G.H. Tichenor Antiseptic Co. – Dr. Tichenor’s Antiseptic Gel
Oh So Clean Inc. (d/b/a CleanWell Company) Products
"Products claiming to prevent infection from MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella or other viruses have yet to be approved by the FDA," Deborah Autor, FDA compliance director, says in a news release. "These products give consumers a false sense of protection."
MRSA stands for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to the antibiotic methicillin, which is in the class of antibiotics called beta-lactams, to which MRSA is also resistant.