The Kenya Bureau of Standards(KEBS) has suspended the permits of 8 local hand sanitizer brands for failing to meet its requirements. In a statement, the regulatory body said the brands were identified after constant surveillance and were effectively banned for being potentially harmful to consumers.
Additionally, it has directed that the manufacturers of the following eight products recall them from the market.
- Alphax (Kings Palace)
- Clean Essentials (Virtuelle Products Ltd)
- G&L (Orange Pharma)
- Gentle Care (Bidco Africa)
- Lili (Kenbrands International Company)
- Msiri (Mafleva International Ltd)
- Shi shi Natural
- Spotless Advanced (Havana East Africa Trading)
“KEBS shall continue to undertake market surveillance and factory inspections. Substandard products found will be seized for destruction at the expense of the owner in addition to any other legal action as provided under the law,” the statement said.
This comes about a month after KEBS seized 5 brands of sanitizers that were not certified in Nairobi. The sanitizer brands- Fresh Burst , Shii little comforts , Gladmaxx and Aveko White Spirit are among those that have cropped up to meet the demand for sanitizers amid the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result, the state body is cautioning Kenyans to be on the lookout for substandard products. This not only applies to hand sanitizers but also to masks and toilet paper.