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Purell Claims Hand Sanitizer Can Prevent Viruses

GOJO Industries, the maker of Purell, is facing a class action lawsuit filed by consumers who say the company misled them to believe that Purell hand sanitizer could prevent viruses, including the flu. According to the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the plaintiff hopes to “stop the Defendant’s deceptive practices and undo the harm that it has caused to consumers in California and across the country.”  In the company’s Frequently Asked Questions section, it stated that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends alcohol-based hand sanitizer as a preventative measure to help avoid viruses such as the flu, norovirus and Ebola. The complaint states, “These statements, made in the context of the Frequently Asked Questions section, clearly indicate your suggestion that PURELL® Healthcare Advanced Hand Sanitizers are intended for reducing or preventing disease from the Ebola virus, norovirus, and influenza. As such, the statements are evidence of your products’ intended uses.”  Read more....

 

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