Seller beware: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on false claims made about the coronavirus.
The agency recently issued warning letters, along with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to seven companies for selling products that claimed to cure, prevent or treat the coronavirus.
One of those companies was Herbal Amy LLC, a company that sells cannabidiol (CBD) and other herbal products online. While the company didn’t market any CBD products as a treatment for coronavirus, she was marketing a package of other herbal products as a “coronavirus protocol.”
The company has since removed its claim that “a number of the herbs are strongly antiviral for corona viruses.”
“There already is a high level of anxiety over the potential spread of coronavirus,” says FTC Chairman Joe Simons in a news release. “What we don’t need in this situation are companies preying on consumers by promoting products with fraudulent prevention and treatment claims. These warning letters are just the first step. We’re prepared to take enforcement actions against companies that continue to market this type of scam.”