NAFDAC raises alarm over sale of substandard hand sanitizers

The National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control [NAFDAC] has raised alarm over the sale of substandard hand sanitizers in the market.

According to NAFDAC, the unregistered sanitizers are illegally distributed and sold under various names including:

Mighti Shield Instant Hand Sanitizer; Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer; One Step Hand Sanitizer; Shield Germ Hand Sanitizer.

Others are Lima Hand Sanitizer; Senarita Hand Sanitizer, AUS-B Hand Sanitizer; Bakson Hand Sanitizer and Peru Hand Sanitizer.

The agency said package labels of affected unregistered hand sanitizers have no NAFDAC registration numbers, no batch numbers, no manufacturing and expiry dates; no names and full location addresses of manufacturers.

This comes after United States, Food and Drug Administration [FDA] warned consumers against usage of hand sanitizer that contain methanol due to the serious adverse health implication it poses.

It called on consumers already exposed to hand sanitisers with methanol to seek immediate treatment which is critical for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning.

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