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Post date: August 4 2016

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Companies Stop Deceptively Advertising “Zika-Preventive” Products Following Cease And Desist Letters Sent By Office

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4, 2016

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES COMPANIES STOP DECEPTIVELY ADVERTISING “ZIKA-PREVENTIVE” PRODUCTS FOLLOWING CEASE AND DESIST LETTERS SENT BY OFFICE

Changes Come Less Than A Day After Attorney General Schneiderman Demanded Seven Companies Stop Their Deceptive Advertising

NEW YORK—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that six of the seven companies that received cease and desist letters from his office for deceptively marketing products as “Zika-preventive” have reformed their advertising. The companies had marketed their products with claims that they prevented or protected against Zika virus, even though the products are known to be ineffective for that purpose. The removal of the misleading advertising claims yesterday comes less than 24 hours after the Attorney General commenced action. Some of the companies have completely removed their products online.

“I am pleased that the action my office undertook has led to the immediate removal of nearly all the deceptive Zika-related claims that we targeted. We won’t let fraudsters take advantage of a public health crisis, and this should serve as a warning to other companies who seek to engage in the same dishonest practices. I urge consumers to educate themselves about the repellents that will actually protect you against Zika to avoid being fooled by these outrageous scams,” said Attorney General Schneiderman.

  • Wildheart Outdoors Natural Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
  • MosQUITo Repellent Bracelet Wristband Band
  • iGear iGuard 2.0 Ultrasonic Insect Pest Repellent
  • Kenza High Quality Zika Mosquito Repellent Smiley Patch
  • Mobile Pro Gear ZIKA Shield Mosquito Repellent Bands
  • STAR Ultrasonic Pest Repeller

The Attorney General’s investigation remains ongoing. Read more here.