Florida family accused of selling a bleachlike coronavirus 'cure' faces federal charges

Florida family accused of selling a bleachlike coronavirus 'cure' faces federal charges

A Florida family is facing federal charges after allegedly marketing a COVID-19 cure called “Miracle Mineral Solution,” which was actually bleach and life-threatening if consumed.

The Grenons — father Mark and sons Jonathan, Jordan and Joseph — were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and criminal contempt on Wednesday, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.

The DOJ described "Miracle Mineral Solution" (MMS) as a "chemical solution containing sodium chlorite and water," adding that the Grenons "allegedly directed their customers to ingest MMS orally, which causes the solution to become chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleach, typically used for industrial water treatment or bleaching textiles, pulp, and paper."

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The family claimed that the solution could cure, treat and prevent COVID-19, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn't approved it to treat COVID-19 or any other illness. In fact, the FDA has urged people not consume it, saying that "drinking MMS is the same as drinking bleach and can cause dangerous side effects, including severe vomiting, diarrhea, and life-threatening low blood pressure."

According to court filings, before the pandemic, the Grenons marketed MMS as a cure for many other serious diseases, including Alzheimer’s, autism, multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDS.

"We continue to protect the public from criminal conduct that takes advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic," Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said in the statement. "Not only is this MMS product toxic, but its distribution and use may prevent those who are sick from receiving the legitimate healthcare they need. ... Making claims that unproven drugs, especially potentially dangerous and unapproved chlorine dioxide products, can cure or prevent COVID-19 or any other disease is unacceptable."