Still on the hunt for Purell? Well, you might want to start making your own at this point. The hand sanitizer’s manufacturer, GOJO Industries, is being accused of making “false and misleading” claims about its germ-killing effectiveness.
USA Today reports the company was hit with a new class-action lawsuit by four claimants in California, Michigan, Massachusetts and Oregon who say the sanitizer is doesn’t do its job of killing “99% of illness-causing germs,” including Ebola, MRSA, norovirus or the common flu.
The suit particularly claims that there is “no sound scientific evidence to support the statistics or other claims,” based on a warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January.
“FDA is currently not aware of any adequate and well-controlled studies demonstrating that killing or decreasing the number of bacteria or viruses on the skin by a certain magnitude produces a corresponding clinical reduction in infection or disease caused by such bacteria or virus,” the FDA wrote in the letter.
GOJO Industries updated its websites and marketing materials since the FDA warning, but have not recalled any products.
“We stand 100% behind our products,” said Carey Jaros, GOJO President/ CEO.
In the meantime, take cues from the Centers for Disease Control which shares that simply washing your hands with soap and water is the most effective response to killing the coronavirus on your body.