In August 2020, a class-action lawsuit
was filed against Recreational Equipment, Inc. and SafeHands Solutions, LLC for allegedly misleadingly advertising that SafeHands Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizers with the active ingredient benzalkonium chloride will “kill 99.99% of germs” when, according to plaintiffs, the FDA does not allow such advertising claims and the CDC states that benzalkonium chloride hand sanitizers are “less reliable against certain bacteria and viruses” than alcohol-based hand sanitizers. (Merola et al v. Recreational Equipment, Inc. and SafeHands Solutions, LLC
, Case No. 20-cv-11504, D. Mass.)
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