FDA Warns Against Use of Foot Tanner

Use of the device may result in ultraviolet overdose

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to consumers about the possible risk of ultraviolet overdose with a portable foot tanning device due to shortcomings in labeling and manufacturing.

According to the FDA, the Tootsie Tanner has an inadequate timer, fails on its labeling to prominently warn users to don protective eyewear, and recommends a tanning duration of 30 minutes, which the timer permits even though, based on FDA testing, exposure to the device should be limited to 20 minutes. Using the device according to the product labeling could result in immediate and delayed serious eye and skin injury due to ultraviolet overdose.

Users of the device are advised to discontinue use, remove the lamps, and discard all components following their local standards for environmental protection. The FDA has issued a warning letter to the device's manufacturer and distributor, IPCH, and has since learned that it is no longer in business.

According to a news release from the agency, "although the FDA has received no adverse event reports to date, the agency is concerned about the risk of eye and skin injuries from an overdose of ultraviolet radiation."

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