NEW YORK New York state’s tip prosecutor pronounced on Wednesday his bureau has sent cease-and-desist letters to 7 companies indicted of deceptively offered ineffectual Zika-protection products as regard grows over a mosquito-borne virus.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also released an warning warning consumers opposite a companies’ advertisements, that especially foster ultrasonic and botanical oil-based butterfly repellants.
Those products, mostly sole online with some during bonus and internal stores, “simply don’t work,” Schneiderman told a news conference.
Schneiderman pronounced his bureau will pursue serve authorised movement if a companies do not respond to a cease-and-desist letters, that advise businesses to hindrance wrong activity. He pronounced they were especially “fly-by-night” operations expected to close down and cocktail adult elsewhere to hedge law enforcement.
“Our initial idea is to close them down,” Schneiderman said.
Concern over Zika, that is swelling fast in a Americas, has increasing in a United States given Florida authorities final week reported a initial signs of internal delivery of a pathogen in a continental United States.
U.S. health officials have resolved that Zika infections in profound women can means microcephaly, a birth forsake noted by tiny conduct distance that can lead to serious developmental problems in babies.
Often with illness outbreaks, unethical businesses feat a regard of consumers by offered artificial products that do zero to strengthen health.
The products targeted by Schneiderman embody a Wildheart Outdoors Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelet, a Kenza High Quality Zika Mosquito Repellent Smiley Patch and a STAR Ultrasonic Pest Repeller.
Schneiderman pronounced a offered strategy used by a companies for these products have been “absolutely shameless.” He pronounced studies have shown ultrasonic inclination do not repel mosquitoes and might even attract them. Schneiderman pronounced a many gross of a products were those targeting children.
He also urged consumers to hang to insect repellants purebred by a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, such as DEET.
(Reporting by Jessica Dye; Editing by Will Dunham)