A church has been fined close to 10 million for selling bleach as a miracle solution to curing covid.
A church in Australia has been fined 10 million for selling a bleaching agent to the congregants as cure for the dreaded coronavirus.
Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said the church had been selling a “Miracle Mineral Solution” (MMS) which contained high concentration of sodium chlorite, a chemical used as a textile bleaching agent and disinfectant.
Church of health and healing.
In a report by CNBC, the MMS Australia chapter is a branch of US-based Genesis II Church of Health and Healing which had also been given an injunction against distributing the MMS.
The church is well known for fake testimonies implying the MMS had cured people various ailments including but not limited to malaria, Alzheimer’s among many others.
Church was spreading lies.
The TGA said it had fined the church for spreading lies about the MMS saying its had serious ramifications and was counterproductive to government’s efforts in containing spread of COVID-19.
The regulator said:
There is no clinical, scientifically-accepted evidence showing that MMS can cure or alleviate any disease.The use of MMS presents serious health risks, and can result in nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and severe dehydration, which in some cases can result in hospitalisation.
On its website, the church condemned the action taken by TGA saying it had been misunderstood and that it was not supplying any therapeutic agent as implied.
The church claimed it had suffered harassment and attacks by the public over the alleged misuse of the chemical.