On 5 May 2020, ABC 7:30 (Grace Tobin) reported on the ‘Genesis II Church of Health and Healing’. The Australian branch, MMSAustralia.com.au currently promotes and sells Master Mineral Solution (MMS) – chlorine dioxide (a bleach) as a ‘sacrament of the Church’.
- TGA Acts – Southern Cross Directories Pty Ltd trading as MMS Australia fined $151,200
- ‘Church’ fined $150,000 for promoting fake coronavirus cure
- Church in Australia selling bleach as a coronavirus treatment fined $151,200
- The TGA infringement notices were issued on the evening of 12 May 2020.
- At the same time a detailed “immediate notice to cease and desist” was sent requiring MMS Australia to immediately cease advertising and supplying the product.
- MMS Australia had until COB, Thursday 14 May to provide written confirmation to the TGA that the advertising has ceased.
- If the TGA finds that advertising does not cease (for example on the MMS website), the TGA will immediately move to seek an interlocutory injunction against further promotion and supply in the Federal Court of Australia.
The MMS Australia web site appear to be raising their middle finger to the TGA’s twelve infringement notices totalling $151,200 for the alleged unlawful advertising of Miracle Mineral Supplement. Web site now open for sales via logon.
- Concerns over church in Australia selling bleach which its US leader claims can cure coronavirus
- Australian ‘healing church’ defends bleach sales after US coronavirus cure claims
- COVID-19 Scams: MMSAUSTRLIA.COM.AU – Chlorine dioxide
- Launch of TGA Advertising Hub – Initial experience of submitting complaints
- Independent review: Therapeutic goods advertising
- Independent review: Consumer consultation