The Dubai Municipality withdrew 6 non-compliant hand sanitizers that contained harmful substances after they were analyzed in laboratories with 96 sample products.
In a post shared on their official Twitter account, the Dubai Municipality, says the move is part of their intensive inspections to verify the safety of antimicrobial products in the local market.
Below is the Tweet from the Dubai Municipality:
As part of our intensive inspections to verify the safety of antimicrobial products in the local market, #DubaiMunicipality withdrew 6 types of hand sanitizers that were non-compliant and contained harmful substances after they were laboratory analysed with 96 sample products. pic.twitter.com/zCUT2irxjR
— بلدية دبي | Dubai Municipality (@DMunicipality) April 1, 2020
Dubai Bans 6 Non-Compliant Hand Sanitizers
Over 102 samples of hand sanitizers of different sanitizers circulated in stores, pharmacies, and supermarkets were taken for the purpose of conformity tests and laboratory analysis.
Based on their tests, 6 samples did not comply with the approved specifications due to the presence of methanol, which is a colourless liquid with a pungent odour used as a solvent.
“It is highly toxic and hazardous to human health, and affects the nervous system, causes dizziness, headache, irritation of the skin and respiratory system, and causes blindness in severe poisoning cases,” the civic body warned, adding that those non-conforming batches of the products were immediately withdrawn from the local market and banned from trading.
The products include:
- LULU Hand Sanitizer – 500ml,
- COSMO Hand Sanitizer – 65ml,
- ZIVA Hand Sanitizer – 250 ml,
- FEAH Hand Sanitizer – 50ml,
- AMEYA Isopropyl Alcohol – 70ml and
- LULU Hand Sanitizer – 250ML.
“Coordination is underway with the local and federal health and governmental agencies in order to permanently ban the trading of the batches of these products from all markets in the country,” Dubai Municipality said, and emphasised the continued implementation of these campaigns periodically to ensure the circulation of products that are safe and compliant with the approved specifications.
The Municipality has urged consumers to report these non-conforming products through the Municipality’s toll-free number 800900 or through the Dubai 24/7 App or through its website: dm.gov.ae