The six batches of sanitiser were found to include a potentially dangerous substance
Dubai Municipality has withdrawn six types of hand sanitisers after they were found to not comply with approved specifications amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the municipality has announced.
In a statement, Dubai Municipality said that the six hand sanitisers were found during an exhaustive inspection campaign aimed at verifying the safety of antimicrobial products.
“Tests showed that six samples did not comply with approved specifications due to the presence of methanol, which is a colorless liquid with a pungent odor used as solvent,” the statement said. “It is highly toxic and hazardous to human health.”
According to DM, methanol can affect the nervous system and cause dizziness, headaches, skin irritation and respiratory problems, as well as blindness in severe cases.
The non-conforming batches were immediately withdrawn from the local market and banned from trading.
Officials from the Municipality evaluate and register all antiseptic products through its ‘Montaji’ system, after verifying that the meet approved specifications. Using the Montaji app on a mobile device, consumers can scan barcode products and verify they are approved.
The Municipality has urged the public to report non-conforming products through its toll-free number at 800900, through the Dubai 24/7 app or through its official website at dm.gov.ae.
The products are:
Lulu Hand Sanitizer: 500 ml (batch #:320104)
Cosmo Hand Sanitizer: 65 ml (batch#:24286)
Ziva Hand Sanitizer: 250 ml (batch#: 03200050MF)
Feah Hand Sanitizer: 50 ml (batch#: 24291)
Ameya Isopropyl Alcohol: 70 ml
Lulu Hand Sanitizer: 250 ml (batch#3200105)