FDA warns companies about mouthwash labels

September 29, 2010 8:44:56 AM PDT
The FDA is urging Johnson and Johnson, CVS and Walgreen's to change what the agency says are false and unproven claims on product labels.

The mouthwash claims to prevent gum disease or remove plaque. But the active ingredient, sodium fluoride, has not been proven to be able to do those things. It's just been proven effective in preventing cavities.

The FDA is giving the three companies 15 days to take appropriate action or they'll face civil or criminal penalties and seizure of their products.