The European Commission have recently announced a recall alert on toxic hand sanitiser and other products being sold in supermarkets and on online marketplaces in the UK. One of the products currently being recalled is a toxic hand sanitiser gel that can turn people blind, kill them or cause a fire. Understandably this matter is of serious importance especially considering the current demand for the stuff.
“The product contains an insufficient amount of ethanol and propan-2-ol (measured values: ? 0.05% and ? 0.1%, respectively).
Consequently, it does not kill bacteria or viruses, which could then reach the user, increasing the risk of infection.
The product does contain methanol (measured value: 3.4%), which is acutely toxic to the central nervous system and the eye. Ingestion or contact with methanol leads to blindness and death. Furthermore, the presence of methanol is not accompanied by the corresponding hazard pictograms and warnings.
Users have therefore no information on the toxicity and flammability of the product, which in the presence of an ignition source, could lead to a fire.
The product does not comply with the Biocidal Products and the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulations.”
Among the toxic hand sanitiser were other products that are seeking urgent recall including baby hair clippers causing electrocution. You can check if you have been selling any of these products being recalled due to health and safety fears by going to trading standards website which can be found here.