A $750,000 fine for making false and misleading claims should be sufficient to scare most companies away. In 2011, the Oreck Corporation (A very well respected vacuum company in America) were fined for making false and misleading statements regarding their Halo Vacuum/UVC system.
The Federal Trade Commission charged Oreck $750,000 for the following allegedly false and deceptive claims:
- The Halo vacuum and ProShield Plus can reduce the risk of or prevent the flu
- Tested and shown to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria, certain common germs, and dangerous pathogens like E-Coli and MRSA
- The Halo vacuum and ProShield Plus can prevent the common cold, diarrhoea, asthma, allergy symptoms, upset stomach, and other conditions caused by allergens, moulds, viruses and bacteria
- The vacuum can eliminate nearly all common germs and allergens found on users’ floors
- The Halo vacuum’s UV light is effective against germs, bacteria, mould, viruses and dust mites found in carpets
The FTC claimed that the above statements were false, as the company did not have a reasonable basis to make such claims. No scientific tests had been performed to prove that the vacuum or air cleaners could eliminate household germs and allergens, according to the FTC.
It begs the question – How are others that are using vacuum systems with Germicidal UVC attachments able to continue to make the same claims as a large corporation that were heavily fined for making the same claims. Germicidal UVC experts in Australia have tested and concluded that the vacuum/UVC systems being used in Australia are unable to substantiate their claims of ‘sanitisation’ and yet they continue to advertise to the public that their UVC vacuum systems are ‘sanitising devices’.
We believe that the same justice should prevail here in Australia. Complaints about the UVC/Vacuum systems should be forwarded to the OFT or ACCC.
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