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Purell Deceptively Touted for Disease Prevention, Suits Say (1)

Feb. 3, 2020, 4:30 PMUpdated: Feb. 3, 2020, 6:00 PM

Purell maker Gojo Industries Inc. was hit with three proposed class suits alleging it misleads consumers into thinking the hand sanitizer can prevent disease and reduce illness.

Gojo falsely represented that Purell prevents disease or infection from pathogens such as Ebola, MRSA, norovirus, and flu, Magdiela Gonzalez alleges in one of the suits, this one filed in the Southern District of New York.

The suit references a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration saying the products’ marketing claims go beyond those permitted for topical antiseptics.

The company’s claims are harmful and deceptive to consumers because they give the ...

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