Don't be surprised if you find manufacturers denying any accountability for what they promise, or any kind of
harmful effect you or your child may have from using their product.
If a site or product has no disclaimer you can call the
manufacturer and ask if and how they stand behind the safety of their product
and its claims. Below are just two word-for-word disclaimers from lice
treatment products being sold to the public for use on children. We have also provided synonyms from the
some of the language they used:
(This lice treatment product) has not been tested by the FDA, EPA or any
other government agency, and has not been licensed as a pediculicide.
All ingredients are generally accepted as safe and contain no
ingredients that are subject to licensing or control. All claims
and evidence as to the efficacy of
(this lice treatment product) is purely empirical
effectiveness, efficiency, worth, value
experimental, observed, practical
unreliable, untrustworthy, undependable, sketchy
The disclaimer below is hard to find, and the manufacturer actually
encourages you NOT TO READ IT stating that it "It takes an expert to
|Disclaimer: The information
contained herein is based upon data available to use and reflects our best
professional judgment. However, no warranty is expressed or implied
regarding the accuracy of such information or the results obtained from
the use thereof. We assume no legal responsibility whatsoever for
any damage resulting from reliance upon this information since it is
being furnished upon the condition that the person receiving it shall make
his or her own determination of the suitability of the material described
herein for a particular application or storage situation.
Another spray product containing mostly isopropyl alcohol says it is
"intended to remove and/or kill lice and nits from the head" while
elsewhere on the package in small print it says "Lice/nit death results
from physical combing action." In such a case why would anyone bother
with the spray if combing is what really gets the job done?