FTC puts germ-free claims in a new light

Salmonella, E. Coli, H1N1, MRSA. Yuck. If you’re looking to kill some germs, there’s no shortage of products out there to help you do the job. But do all of the products work like their ads say they will?

In the case of Angel Sales and Zadro Health Solutions, two companies that claimed their ultraviolet (UV) light devices could kill nearly all viruses and bacteria, the FTC says there wasn’t enough proof.

image of shUVee ultraviolet shoe deodorizer advertisement

According to the FTC, Angel Sales claimed that their shUVee device would wipe out over 95% of viruses, bacteria, and fungus in shoes — in less than an hour. And in the case of Zadro Health Solutions, the company said its Nano-UV disinfectant devices could image of Nano-UV disinfectant wand advertisementeffectively disinfect anything from public toilets to hotel bedding to food — and would kill 99.9% of microorganisms like E. Coli, Salmonella, Staph infection, swine flu, fungus, and bed bug eggs in 10 seconds. People who bought these products ponied up anywhere from $60-$140 to online retailers like Amazon.com, and catalogues like SkyMall.

But the FTC charged that Angel Sales and Zadro Health Solutions didn’t have solid science backing up their impressive statistics. So under recent settlements, these companies agreed not to make disinfectant or health claims unless they’re true and backed by sound scientific evidence.

A takeaway for you: If you’re shopping for a UV disinfectant for your home, public places, or funky-smelling shoes, keep in mind that sometimes companies overstate claims for products in their ads. Check out our articles to learn more on decoding ads for health-related products.

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Comments

So much fraud and people need to stop buying in to the crap
Thanks again FTC

There must be a law that all advertisements of a product and its claims by any Company must also advertise, latest scientific results proving their claims, along with the advertisement.

Is Data Entry Work. (at home) by Sarah Johnson from Maryland/ Canada honest or a scam?

You can find out more about job scams and how to avoid them in this FTC article.

This article is about work-at-home businesses.

Ads promote work-at-home jobs that promise you’ll earn a great living from home, even in your spare time.  Don’t just take their word for it. Many of the “jobs” are scams. Do some research, and learn about common work-at-home scams before you spend any money or send any personal information.

I received letter from Federal Trade Commission.for Claim.

Sometimes the FTC sends checks to people after a case ends.

If you got a check from the FTC, go to this refund page. The page lists the FTC cases that are giving refunds.

If you think the check is fake and is not from the FTC, please report it. To report, go to ftc.gov/complaint or call the FTC at 1-877-382-4357.

I received a check from FTC US Bank for a cash settlement with Zadro Health Solutions. is this legitimate or a scam?

On March 18, 2016, FTC started mailing refund checks to consumers who bought Nano-UV “disinfectant” devices from a company called Zadro Health Solutions, Inc. The checks are legitimate refund checks. You must cash your check within 60 days of the date it was issued, or it will become void.

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