One part of food safety is keeping your hands clean. That’s why food safety experts tell consumers to wash their hands before they prepare food or before they eat. That can be difficult when you are away from home. That’s why hand sanitizers are so popular.
But one company is selling unapproved hand sanitizers that claim to prevent infections from many different pathogens, so the FDA is seeking a permanent injunction against that company. The company is BioDefense Inc. of Lake Forest, California. The product is Zylast topical antiseptics.
The company claims that the hand sanitizer is effective against pathogens such as norovirus, rotavirus, flu virus, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), and Ebola. These are drug claims, and so the product is regulated by FDA as a drug. The press release states, “These products from Innovative BioDefense, Inc. have not been proven to be safe and effective for these uses and are not approved by the FDA.”