Health Related Hoaxes and Rumors
- False Report Concerning Cola Soda Products
Sep 14, 2002
There are several variations of emails being circulated that warn consumers
not to buy Coca-Cola (or Pepsi) due to potential tainting of the products.
These e-mails are a hoax. There are no advisories, recalls, or safety alerts
concerning this product. FDA is the federal agency that has responsibility
for regulation of this product and for keeping the public apprised of concerns
such as this. You may wish to visit the FDA recalls and safety alerts website
to obtain the latest information in this regard.
The Coca Cola Company notes at its hoax and rumors
that it uses a number of processes to assure the safety and quality of the
water and ingredients used to make products of The Coca-Cola Company. They
also note that investigations to date, conducted by Federal and local officials,
as well as The Coca-Cola Company, have concluded that these rumors have
Other informative links regarding this rumor
may be found at the Urban Legend web site at: http://www.snopes.com/rumors/cocacola.htm.
- Consumer Alert: Buying antibiotics online
Nov 1, 2001
Consumers who are visiting Web sites and receiving e-mail claiming to sell
Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and other antibiotics should consult "Offers to
Treat Biological Threats: What You Need to Know," produced by the Federal
Trade Commission in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These fraudsters often follow
the headlines, tailoring their offers to prey on consumers' fears and vulnerabilities.
The Consumer Alert is available online at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2001/11/alert.htm
- Emails about Anthrax from CDC
There are several emails being circulated with the false subject line: "Important
information about anthrax from CDC." CDC has not conducted a mass
email campaign to consumers, therefore, these emails do not originate
- False Report: Poisonous Perfume Samples in
Some State Health Departments have recently received inquiries concerning
e-mail messages that allege that women have died after inhaling a free perfume
sample that was mailed to them. According to these e-mails, the perfume sample
was poisonous. The e-mails also state that free samples received in the mail,
e.g., lotions, perfumes, diapers, etc., should be thrown away.
These e-mails are a hoax. They are a variation
of another hoax often referred to as the Klingerman virus. The information
in the e-mail notice is untrue. If you receive an e-mail message about poisonous
perfume samples received in the mail please do not forward it to others.
Although these e-mail messages are a hoax, if
you are concerned about the contents of a package you receive in the mail,
contact your local post office. It is a criminal offense to send potentially
hazardous agents through the mail for the purpose of deliberately causing
harm to human health. When such an incident occurs, the local emergency
response system should be activated by dialing 911 in most communities;
in communities without 911 systems, local law enforcement authorities should
be notified. The local FBI field office and local and state public health
authorities also should be notified.
Report: Underarm Antiperspirants or Deodorants Cause Breast Cancer
Origionally Posted: http://www.cdc.gov/hoax_rumors.htm