By Natalie Rahhal Acting Us Health Editor
Published: 20:45 GMT, 28 January 2020 | Updated: 20:45 GMT, 28 January 2020
US regulators are demanding that Purell stop telling consumers that its hand sanitizers can kill viruses like flu and Ebola.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an an exhaustive warning letter to GOJO Industries, the maker of Purell products.
In addition to its insistence that Purell stop making 'false claims' about its products, the FDA said that Purell's alcohol products qualify as drugs - but have not been approved for their advertised uses by the FDA.
Purell is far and away the most popular brand-name hand sanitizer in the US - but so long as it claims to use alcohol for the 'mitigation...or prevention of disease,' it is also distributing a drug illegally.
The FDA has hit out at Purell for claiming its hand sanitizer can kill viruses like flu and Ebola, uses that the popular disinfectant is not approved for in the US
The claim is all over Purell's bottles, branding, website, and product descriptions: 'Proven to kill 99.9% of germs on the hands.'
It's a bold