Member of Bradenton church that sold bleach as COVID cure appears in federal court

Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 7:08 PM EST
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - A member of the Bradenton church that distributed “Miracle Mineral Solution” as a cure for COVID-19 appeared in federal court on Wednesday.

Joseph Grenon was in court in Miami-Dade County after being extradited from Colombia.

He is facing federal charges after selling a solution containing chlorine dioxide, an industrial bleaching agent, marketed as a cure for a host of diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, autism, HIV/AIDS, and COVID-19.

According to a federal indictment filed in April, the solution was being manufactured, marketed and sold by the Grenon’s Genesis II Church of Health and Healing. The indictment accuses the Grenon family of creating a nonreligious church in an “attempt to evade government regulation of MMS and shield themselves from prosecution.”

The Genesis II website, which now seems unreachable, previously offered a “letter of religious exemption from vaccinations and/or mandatory medications.”

The federal Food and Drug Administration also filed an injunction in April of 2020 to stop brothers Joseph, Jordan and Jonathan Grenon, and their father, Mark Grenon, from selling the solution, in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

The FDA has urged the public to not purchase or drink chlorine dioxide products such as MMS sold as medical treatments.

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