The Massachusetts Attorney General announced that it reached a $550,000 settlement with Federal Resources Supply Company, resolving allegations that the company falsely marketed a product as a hand sanitizer that was effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

The AG alleged that Federal Resources Supply Company promoted its hand sanitizer as effective, even though it doesn't include alcohol, which is a key ingredient in hand sanitizer.  (The CDC says that hand sanitizer should include at least 60% alcohol.)  Specifically, the AG alleged that the company said its “Theraworx Protect” product sanitizes at a “30-second flash and provides a 6 hour prolonged effect” to fight off the virus -- and that “if you touch something it will fight it off.”  

In announcing the settlement, Attorney General Maura Healy said, “This company’s reckless and deceptive actions put the health of our frontline workers and the public at even further risk during this unprecedented public health crisis.  We took action against this company because their attempt to exploit people during the COVID-19 pandemic for their own profit was not only unacceptable, it was illegal.”