The city of Los Angeles law firm filed a lawsuit against a herbal medicine specialist on Wednesday, accusing the store of trying to sell an untested radish paste to protect against the coronavirus.
In the civil lawsuit, Insan Healing in Koreatown is accused of touting the product as a "must-have product to protect and prevent" coronavirus infection, although it has not been tested by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
The radish paste costs $ 99.95 per bottle and is a combination of "white radish harvested during frost", garlic and ginger, which according to the Insan Healing website can boost a person's immune system.
Evidence of the corona virus and COVID-19 was removed on Thursday afternoon after the lawsuit was filed, but prosecutors provided screenshots alleging that the paste could help prevent corona viruses.
"We have to stop those who use the fear of the COVID 19 crisis to hunt people who are desperately trying to avoid the virus," City Atty said. Mike Feuer said in a statement. "Today it is radish paste that the defendants offer as" a must to protect and prevent the COVID-19, cold and flu season. "We claim that this claim is wrong and we take the defendants to court. In this Public health emergencies require consumers to have accurate information, and their lives may depend on it. ”
The lawsuit is seeking an injunction that blocks the sale of the item and a fine of up to $ 2,500 per violation of California's unfair competition law, which prohibits false advertising.
Insan Healing was founded in 2013 by Angela K. Oh, a person based in Culver City. The company sells a variety of remedies, including teas, groceries, and Korean bamboo salt. Oh did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Attempts to take advantage of people's concerns about the corona virus have attracted law enforcement attention in recent days. A Santa Monica woman was arrested on Wednesday for performing dozens of unapproved COVID-19 tests.