Purell Hand Sanitizer Caught Lying About Ebola, Influenza Claims
The maker of Purell is under fire after making false claims about the benefits of using the hand sanitizer. Last September, we ran a story that called out hand sanitizers as garbage (This does not include DIY hand sanitizer options, that depends on the maker.). It seems, nothing has changed, and GoJo, the manufacturer of Purell, must now overhaul its marketing copy.
The Food and Drug Administration issued a letter to GoJo for claims made regarding Purell’s benefits on its website and on social media. The claims included stating that Purell can reduce the risk of norovirus, Ebola, MRSA, and flu.
“We are not aware of evidence demonstrating that the Purell Healthcare Advanced Hand Sanitizer products as formulated and labeled are generally recognized by qualified experts as safe and effective for use under the conditions suggested, recommended, or prescribed in their labeling,” the letter stated.
GoJo is now frantically updating all it’s online copy to reflect such. And at the same time, the company is using public relations outreach to attempt to save face for the false claims.
“It is important to emphasize that the FDA letter was not related to the safety or quality of our products, or our manufacturing processes. Our products can and should continue to be used as part of good hand hygiene practice, to reduce germs,” said Samantha Williams, corporate communications senior director of GoJo, via Fox Business. “Our intention has always been and continues to be to adhere to FDA guidance while advancing and sharing the latest hygiene science to help improve public health. Uncompromising Integrity is a core value of our Purpose-driven Family Enterprise and we apply this principle to everything we do.”
But what’s deeply astounding is that Purell only has to update its online copy after potentially lying to the public at large. Their product was marketed to reduce chances of catching Ebola or flu. That wasn’t true. No big deal, they’ll just update their website and Facebook pages after pocketing millions.
So if you’re in the market for protecting yourself from the next global pandemic, Purell won’t be your best option (no matter what their past advertising campaigns told you).
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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