FDA NEWS RELEASE (USA Government)
For Immediate Release: July 30, 2010
Media Inquiries: Elaine Gansz Bobo, 301-796-7567,
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA
FDA Warns Consumers of Serious Harm from Drinking Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS)
Product contains industrial strength bleach
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to take Miracle Mineral Solution, an oral liquid also known as “Miracle Mineral Supplement” or “MMS.” The product, when used as directed, produces an industrial bleach that can cause serious harm to health.
The FDA has received several reports of health injuries from consumers using this product, including severe nausea, vomiting, and life-threatening low blood pressure from dehydration.
Consumers who have MMS should stop using it immediately and throw it away.
MMS is distributed on Internet sites and online auctions by multiple independent distributors. Although the products share the MMS name, the look of the labeling may vary.
The product instructs consumers to mix the 28 percent sodium chlorite solution with an acid such as citrus juice. This mixture produces chlorine dioxide, a potent bleach used for stripping textiles and industrial water treatment. High oral doses of this bleach, such as those recommended in the labeling, can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration.
MMS claims to treat multiple unrelated diseases, including HIV, hepatitis, the H1N1 flu virus, common colds, acne, cancer, and other conditions. The FDA is not aware of any research that MMS is effective in treating any of these conditions. MMS also poses a significant health risk to consumers who may choose to use this product for self-treatment instead of seeking FDA-approved treatments for these conditions.
The FDA continues to investigate and may pursue civil or criminal enforcement actions as appropriate to protect the public from this potentially dangerous product.
The FDA advises consumers who have experienced any negative side effects from MMS to consult a health care professional as soon as possible and to discard the product. Consumers and health care professionals should report adverse events to the FDA http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/ContactFDA/default.htm
Further FDA Warnings:
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry - (USA)
Public Health Statement for Chlorine Dioxide and Chlorite
CDC: (USA) Niosh Pocket guide to Chemical Hazards
Chlorine Dioxide :
(See protection codes)
Skin: Prevent skin contact (liquid)
Eyes: Prevent eye contact (liquid)
Wash skin: When contaminated (liquid)
Remove: When wet (flammable)
Change: No recommendation
Provide: Eyewash (liquid), Quick drench (liquid)
Eye: Irrigate immediately (liquid)
Skin: Soap wash immediately (liquid)
Breathing: Respiratory support
Swallow: Medical attention immediately (liquid)
TGA Warning (Australian Government)
Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS)
14 November 2014
Consumers and health professionals are advised that the TGA is aware of media reports relating to the safety of Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), including a report that four people were hospitalised in Victoria after using the product.1
MMS is marketed as water purification drops and may be offered under different names, including Miracle Mineral Supplement. It contains 28% sodium chlorite, which is a chemical used as a textile bleaching agent and disinfectant. Products containing this concentration of sodium chlorite pose a serious health risk if consumed by humans and should be labelled with warnings and the word 'POISON'.
MMS is not approved by the TGA for any therapeutic use.
In Australia, products that are used in the purification or treatment of drinking water, and which do not make therapeutic claims, are not considered therapeutic goods.
However, based on the media reports, the TGA is concerned that some people may be using MMS to treat illnesses or for other therapeutic purposes. Using MMS in this way will not have any therapeutic benefit and may have toxic effects.
The TGA is working with state and territory health authorities to investigate whether supply of MMS complies with all applicable regulatory requirements. See More
FAMHP - (Belgium Government)
"Miracle Mineral Solution" or "MMS": warning
11 October 2010
Following questions from the press and warnings from various foreign authorities, the Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP), the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) and the Federal Public Service (FPS) Health are issuing a warning about a product called Mineral Miracle Solution or "MMS", presented on the Internet as a miracle product for various diseases. See More
Canadian Government - Health Canada
Sodium Chlorite Solution Not Authorized for Oral Consumption by Humans
February 15, 2012
UK Goverment - FSA - Food Standards Agency
Agency warning on chlorine solutions
Mediline Plus - National Institutes of Health, USA
Canadian Government - Health Canada
Miracle Mineral Solution: Ingesting bleach-like chemical dangerous to health - Information update.
March 26, 2015
This Public Health Statement is the summary chapter from the Toxicological Profile for Chlorine Dioxide and Chlorite. It is one in a series of Public Health Statements about hazardous substances and their health effects. A shorter version, the ToxFAQs™, is also available. This information is important because this substance may harm you. The effects of exposure to any hazardous substance depend on the dose, the duration, how you are exposed, personal traits and habits, and whether other chemicals are present. For more information, call the ATSDR Information Center at 1-888-422-8737. See more