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The European Union (EU) has recalled some hand disinfectants, otherwise known as hand sanitizers, from markets following market surveillance.

Several hand disinfectants have been withdrawn from sale across the EU under RAPEX, the EU’s rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products. Market surveillance found these products to be non-compliant in various ways, rendering them potentially dangerous to human health.

Non-compliant products are subject to:

  • Recall from end users
  • Prior conditions before marketing
  • Removal from online marketplace listings
  • Withdrawal from the market

According to recent RAPEX reports, the three main reasons for non-conformity were:

  • Chemical risk – some products contained methanol, which is an acute toxic substance that is harmful to the eyes and nervous system. Ingestion or skin contact can cause blindness or death
  • Health risk – the product contains insufficient active substance (e.g. ethanol or propan-2-ol) to kill bacteria or inactivate viruses, thereby increasing the risk of infection for the user
  • Fire risk – the products lacked appropriate hazard pictograms and warnings. Products containing alcohol do pose a risk of fire if they are in the presence of an ignition source and so they must display the appropriate hazard pictograms and warnings as contained in the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation and Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR)

Manufacturers and suppliers of hand disinfectants are advised to now check their products conform to the latest EU regulations.

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