NY Attorney General Targeting Bogus Zika Protections
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office has issued cease and desist letters to seven companies that market products with false claims that they prevent or protect against the Zika virus.
The letters demand that the companies selling these products stop advertising them as "Zika-protective or "Zika-preventive."
The Attorney General also issued a consumer alert warning New Yorkers about the deceptive ads and directing them to evidence- based Zika prevention measures recommended by public health officials.
“New Yorkers are understandably concerned about Zika virus and looking for ways to protect themselves and their families,” Schneiderman said. “Unfortunately, some companies are taking advantage of public concern about Zika to peddle products that simply don’t work. My office will not tolerate deceptive advertising of products that provide only a false sense of security against a real threat.”
Products that are currently being sold to New York consumers that claim to prevent the Zika virus, even when these products contain none of CDC-approved active ingredients include:
- Wildheart Outdoors Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
- Neor Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
- MosQUITo Repellent Bracelet Wristband Band
- Kenza High Quality Zika Mosquito Repellent Smiley Patch
- Mobile Pro Gear ZIKA Shield Mosquito Repellent Bands
- STAR Ultrasonic Pest Repeller
- iGear iGuard 2.0 Ultrasonic Insect Pest Repellent