The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued another warning to Genesis II Church of Health and Healing about the “magic mineral solution” sold, this time advising the public not to eat the substance if they believe it can treat or prevent COVID-19. As the agency has stated many times over the past few years, the “magic mineral solution” is chlorine dioxide, a bleach that can cause serious health problems.
The FDA said chlorine dioxide products “pose a significant risk to patient health” and should not be used to treat any disease, regardless of market ingresss. In a letter to the company that sold the product, the FDA said it was both a misbranded drug and an ‘unapproved new drug’ that violated the U.S. Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., the FDA’s director, said:
Despite previous warnings, the FDA is concerned that it is still seeing misleading chlorine dioxide products sold claiming that they are safe and effective for treating diseases and now include COVID-19. The sale of these products will endanger people’s health and delay normal treatment. We will continue to take action to continue to monitor fraudulent treatment in this public health emergency and to alert the public to their care.
The FDA’s warning letter was sent in conjunction with the FTC. The agency claims that MMS is marketed to children in addition to adults, making it “particularly worrying” because children face greater health risks when exposed to chlorine dioxide. Despite warnings in the past, the FDA says the substance is still on sale, claiming it can treat many diseases, including flu and hepatitis.
This is not the first time the FDA has disputed these claims. In August 2019, the FDA issued a similar warning about a “magic mineral solution” when the substance was sold as a so-called “treatment” for a wide range of conditions, from cancer to autism. As with its latest warning, the FDA warned that the product did not offer the benefits of its marketing and that it was dangerous to consume the substance.