I got a warning letter from the FTC this morning because one of my blog posts suggesting ozone therapy seems to hold great promise in the treatment of Covid-19. Also, it has been shown to kill the SARS coronavirus (similar to Covid-19). The lawyer’s warning letter said the things I blogged about (Blog post has been deleted) were unsubstantiated and not backed up by any medical studies and thus, was in violation of the FTC Act 15 U.S.C – 41. That law makes it a Federal Offense to advertise that a product can cure or treat a disease without FDA approved clinical studies, etc. The letter also suggested I make sure I am not making any claims on our website that ozone can treat or cure anything. I was given 48 hours to fix the situation.
I got some good counsel today, and boy did I get an earful! I was advised to put the disclaimer you now see on the bottom of most of our website and strongly advised against ever making any ‘cure or treatment” claims again. (Even though I don’t feel I did, and I certainly didn’t mean to do so.)
I got into ozone because I believe in ozone and what it can do, and to save people money! I can sleep well at night knowing the products we sell are loved by our customers. I love hearing the positive testimonials and feeling their ‘ozone love’. I feel I get ‘good karma’ selling the ozone products we invented and sell. I’m also happy that we take good care of our customers and make sure they use our ozone products correctly.
I do understand why our Federal authorities are cracking down on anyone who claims to have a ‘cure’ for Covid-19. That was not and is not my assertion, to be clear! Ozone has been approved by our government for use in a variety of industries, such as water treatment, food processing, smoke and mold remediation, and several other applications, but it has not been approved for treating any disease, at least not in the USA. So, to comply with the law, and that is my intention (in order to stay in business), I put a disclaimer on the bottom of most all of our website pages. (UPDATE: The FTC lawyer said we are now in compliance, no problems here, and thanks for said compliance moving forward.)
The EPA has not approved any ozone generator or UV machine to kill Covid-19. Why not, if both have been shown to kill viruses? Yes, but that does not mean the EPA is in the business of approving UV or ozone to kill anything or cure anything! I don’t want to speak for the EPA. Read why yourself here. I quote: “These are examples of pesticidal devices. A pesticidal device is an instrument or other machine that is used to destroy, repel, trap or mitigate any pests, including bacteria and viruses. Unlike chemical pesticides, EPA does not routinely review the safety or efficacy of pesticidal devices, and therefore cannot confirm whether, or under what circumstances, such products might be effective against the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, List N only includes surface disinfectants registered by EPA and does not include devices.”
Forever Ozone does not claim that our water ozonators can cure or treat Covid-19, or that our air ozone generators can kill the Covid-19 virus (or any virus) on surfaces. I don’t expect any such studies to be performed in the USA either that would prove otherwise. It’s very expensive and the headwinds from certain industries and lobbies would not make that a prudent endeavor in my opinion.
So to recap, Forever Ozone is on a mission to educate customers on the best way to use ozone safely, act as a contractor in the eyes of the law to utilize ozone in the ways that are approved by our government. We’ll will continue to focus on taking good care of our customers and providing the best products at the lowest prices possible to our beloved customers. A big “thank you” to our 30,000 past customers for your continued support!
Disclaimer: In the USA, the FDA has not approved ozone for medical use. If you have any questions about using ozone, please talk to your doctor or health professional. Ozone is not for breathing! Breathing high concentrations of ozone can harm your lungs (see EPA warning on ozone air purifiers) We do not sell ozone air purifiers. We only sell commercial ozone generators for use by Contractors (or homeowners acting as contractors) to ‘shock’ the air in unoccupied areas ONLY! Please use as directed for air shock treatments, and only if you feel you can competently follow instructions.