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Guyana recalls sanitiser with less than 1% alcohol

Guyana has advised the public of the immediate recall of the Purcill brand hand sanitiser from the local market.

The Government Analyst Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) said it received a consumer complaint regarding the sanitiser’s use and effectiveness on 24 March 2020.

It said a decision was taken by the department to analyse the product in its excise laboratory on the 26 March, 2020. The results of the issued results showed that the percentage of alcohol is only 0.53 per cent and not 62 per cent as stated on the label.

“This is way below the stipulated strength of at least 60 per cent of alcohol as is required for efficacy and constitutes a direct violation of the Laws of Guyana Food and Drug Act of 1971 Chapter 34:03 Section III Part 10 (1) and the Food and Drug Regulation of 1977 section 58 (2)”, the Department said.

Additionally, it said it examined invoices from Andrews Enterprise of Lot 00 Hadfield Street Worthmanville and 1 E ½ Durelane & Austin Street Campbellville, which represent the sale of two thousand three hundred and fifty bottles of the product.

Efforts to seize the product from retail outlets and visits to the reported distributors have been hindered by the demand due to the ongoing COVID-crisis.

“Consumers are therefore advised not to use this product since the expected results cannot be guaranteed, particularly for the sanitising of hands during the COVID-19 Emergency,” GA-FDD said.

It added that alleged distributor(s) will be contacted and asked to make immediate contact with the department.

The Department said manufacturers and importers of sanitisers should ensure labels of sanitising agents are duly approved and the relevant license or permits acquired before sale to the local market begins.