October 23, 2021

Complaint Against Wellness Warrior For COVID-19 Consumer Act Violations

The Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have filed a civil consumer complaint against Wellness Warrior for alleged violations of the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act. This is the first enforcement action that alleges violations of this Act. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. According to the complaint, the defendants advertised that their vitamin D and zinc nutritional supplements could "prevent or treat COVID-19." There is no reliable or competent scientific evidence to support these claims, according to the complaint. And the defendants allegedly advertised that their supplements were "equally or more effective therapies for COVID-19 than the currently available vaccines." The government is claiming … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Earth Tea Against False Statements About COVID-19

The FDA has sent a warning letter to B4B Corporation, makers of Earth Tea, against false statements regarding the treatment and cure of COVID-19. The FDA says that the company is offering the product for sale and that it is intended to "mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people." That makes the product and unapproved new drug in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and also makes the product a misbranded drug under section 502 of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 352. Some examples of claims on the company's website that misleading represent the product as safe and/or effective for the treatment and prevention of the viral illness include, "Earth Tea works fast so it can eliminate quarantine time. With those simple steps we can move to end the … [Read more...]

FDA Warns Mercola Over Products Claiming to Treat and Cure COVID-19

The FDA has sent a warning letter to Mercola.com about their products being marketed as diagnostic tools, treatment options, and cures for COVID-19. The letter, dated February 18, 2021, addresses "Unapproved and Misbranded Products Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019." The company's websites and social media accounts promote these products which are considered unapproved new drugs sold in violation of the FDA's Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The FDA is taking urgent measures to protect consumers that, without approval or authorization by that agency, claim to "mitigate, prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19 in people." The government states that Mercola must take immediate action to cease the sale of these unapproved and unauthorized products. Some of the claims on the … [Read more...]

COVID-19 Is Not Transmitted Through Food or Food Packaging

Acting USDA Secretary Kevin Shea and Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. have released a statement confirming that COVID-19 is not transmitted through food or food packaging. Back in September 2020, the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF) released an opinion paper stating the same result. At that time, ICMSF, "Despite the billions of meals and food packages handled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, to date there has not been any evidence that food, food packaging or food handling is a source or important transmission route for SARS-CoV-2 resulting in COVID-19." When the pandemic first started picking up steam about a year ago, many were concerned about products shipped from China, as well as the possibility of the virus … [Read more...]

Fusion Health Is Ordered to Stop Selling Covid-19 Vitamin D Treatments

Fusion Health is ordered to stop selling Covid-19 Vitamin D products by the U.S. Department of Justice,. Two other companies also owned by Matthew Ryncarz, Vitality LLC doing business as Pharm Origins, and Fusion Ionz LLC doing business as Pharm Origins, are included in the complaint. These companies allegedly sold and distributed products that the defendants claimed would "cure, mitigate, or treat COVID-19 and other diseases." Several products were sold that supposedly contained Vitamin D3, such as "Immune Shot," "Immune Boost," and "Core." None of these products are generally recognized as safe and effective by qualified experts, according to the complaint. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Daniel J. Feith said in a statement, "The Department of Justice will not allow … [Read more...]

Unusual Holiday Cooking Tips During COVID-19 From the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering some unusual holiday cooking tips during the COVID-19 pandemic. They state that, "Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or eating is associated with directly spreading COVID-19. It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object, including food, food packaging, or utensils that have the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. However, this is not thought to be the main way that the virus is spread." If you are hosting a small holiday gathering, think about these tips, and as always, follow basic food safety rules. You don't want to add food poisoning to the list of things we're already stressing over. First, encourage guests to … [Read more...]

FDA Stops Sales of Nano Silver as False COVID-19 Treatment

The FDA stops sales of Nano Silver as false COVID-19 treatment through a civil complaint for permanent injunction. The complaint was filed on November 13, 2020 in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The U.S. is alleging that Natural Solutions Foundation sold and distributed a nano silver product that the defendants claim will "cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent COVID-19." Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Bossert Clark of the Justice Department’s Civil Division said in a statement,“The Department of Justice will not allow individuals to take advantage of the ongoing public health emergency by peddling unproven, unapproved drugs. We will continue to work closely with the Food and Drug Administration to halt the illegal sale of such products during this … [Read more...]

Planning Holiday Gatherings During the Pandemic? The CDC Has Tips

If you are planning holiday gatherings during the pandemic, the CDC has some timely tips. Right now, the coronavirus is spreading uncontrolled through most of the United States. Scientists were afraid this would happen as people got tired of social distancing and started to spend more time indoors. First of all, celebrating virtually is the safest way to spend the holidays. Only socialize with people in your household - that is, anyone who currently lives and shares common spaces in your home. Anyone who doesn't currently live with ou, including college students who are coming home for the holidays, are considered from other households. Second, if you are having and in-person holiday event, there are some things to this about. If the community levels of COVID-19 in your location, … [Read more...]

ICMSF Opinion on Coronavirus and Food Safety: Not a Hazard

The International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF) has released an opinion paper on the relationship of the novel coronavirus to food safety. In brief, the ICMSF opinion on coronavirus and food safety is: "SARS-CoV-2 should not be considered a food safety hazard since a true food safety hazard enters the human body with food via the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract, where it can infect organs/tissues elsewhere in the human body." SARS-CoV-2 is the technical term for the novel virus. COVID-19 is the name of the illness it cases. The "19" is used as an identifier since the virus was first discovered in 2019. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets and infects humans through the respiratory system. Many billions of meals have been consumed, and … [Read more...]

Shop at Farmers Markets This Year With COVID-19 Precautions

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is telling consumers that they will be able to shop at farmers markets this year as long as some precautions for the COVID-19 pandemic are taken.  Because the markets are typically held outside, the risk for virus transmission is reduced. Minnesota Farmers Markets are an essential business so they can remain open through any quarantine closures.  MDA has published a guide called Shopping the Farmers' Market During COVID-19 to help consumers stay safe. The advice is sensible and includes information we have been told before. First, stay home if you are sick. That's always important, but especially so now during the pandemic. Wash your hands before and after visiting the market. The farmers' market you visit may provide handwashing … [Read more...]

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