Those little bottles of gel that promise to eliminate all danger of bacteris seem too good to be true. And according to federal health regulators, in many cases the claims are.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings to four manufacturers of hand sanitizing products for making unsupported claims about the bacteria-fighting benefits of their products. FDA says the companies claim their lotions and gels can prevent a variety of infections, including E. coli and bird flu. Companies that claim their products can prevent a disease must submit scientific studies to the FDA before marketing them.
The FDA sent warning letters to four companies: Tec Laboratories, JD Nelson and Associates, Dr. G.H. Tichener Antiseptic Co. and Oh So Clean Inc. The warning letters order each company to correct the unsupported claims within 15 days.