Trading standards officers are warning that bleach-like chemicals touted as a miracle cure for cancer and other diseases could be on sale at an event in Surrey this weekend.
Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards* is concerned that potentially harmful products will be available to buy or consume at an event being held in the Farnham area from Friday 12 June to Sunday 14 June.
The event is being organised by a group called the Genesis II Church and its exact location is being kept secret, possibly as a ploy to frustrate regulators.
There are fears that Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) and Chlorine Dioxide Solution (CDS) will be available at the weekend ‘seminar’.
The Food Standards Agency has warned that MMS and CDS should not be consumed.
MMS, also known as Miracle Mineral Supplement, is sold as an oral supplement. MMS is a 28% sodium chlorite solution, which is equivalent to industrial-strength bleach. When taken as directed it could cause severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, potentially leading to dehydration and reduced blood pressure. If the solution is diluted less than instructed, it could cause damage to the gut and red blood cells, potentially resulting in respiratory failure.
Although CDS is a more dilute product and not as potentially dangerous as MMS, it could irritate and damage the skin and gastrointestinal tract if swallowed. Other similar products containing chlorine solutions in varying strengths are available. These should also be avoided.
The products have been touted as a cure for numerous illnesses including cancer, HIV, hepatitis, malaria and flu.
They have also been promoted to parents of children with autism. Children are more vulnerable than adults to the ill-effects of the products and consumption by them is particularly dangerous.
Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing, said: ‘This so-called “miracle mineral solution” appears to target vulnerable people and those suffering serious illnesses who are asked to pay large sums of money for a product which not only doesn’t work but could be dangerous.
‘We are determined to protect consumers from misleading claims and deceptive practices and would urge anyone with information about the sale of these products to come forward.’
Anyone who is aware of these products being sold should contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
Anyone who has any of these products should throw them away. If someone has consumed MMS, CDS or similar products and feels unwell, they should consult their doctor.
*Buckinghamshire and Surrey operate a joint trading standards service