FTC Settles with Company Claiming Appliances Can Cure Illness
08 April 2011
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that Oreck Corporation (Oreck) has agreed to “stop making allegedly false and unproven claims that two of its appliances can reduce the risk of flu and other illnesses, and eliminate virtually all common germs and allergens”, and will pay US$750,000 to the FTC as per the settlement (undated). The FTC also alleged that Oreck provided its franchised stores with misleading advertisement to be used to market the two products, the Oreck Halo vacuum and the Oreck ProShield Plus air cleaner, thereby allowing distributors to deceive consumers.
FTC’s media release (7 April 2011)