Congress is looking into the manufacturers of products that promise to help illegal drug users pass urine tests. Among those products: the Whizzinator, which supposedly lets men provide "clean" urine through a life-like prosthetic penis.
A congressional subcommittee voted this week to subpoena the owner of Puck Technology of Signal Hill, California, the company that makes the Whizzinator. Also getting subpoenas were the owners of Health Choice of New York City and Spectrum Labs of Cincinnati, two other companies that lawmakers said are suspected of selling products aimed at circumventing workplace drug tests, according to the Reuters news agency.
The owners are required to provide financial and operational records by Monday and to appear at a congressional hearing on Tuesday.
"These companies seek through deception to make a buck by violating our trust and compromising our security," said Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Kentucky Republican who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee's oversight and investigations panel.
"It is a risk we simply cannot tolerate. This panel will uncover how widespread these products are and recommend the necessary steps to end their use," he added.
Michael Fichera, owner of Health Choice, told Reuters he would cooperate with the investigation. "I don't think there's anything wrong with the products we're selling," he said. "We do a service. I think it's way more positive than negative."
He added that users of his company's products, which include drinks and capsules, must be "clean" for two to three days before using them to pass a drug test.
"We're not beating or cheating on drug tests. We are just accelerating the cleansing time," Fichera said.
Source: Reuters, via MSNBC