Dubai Municipality has withdrawn six types of hand sanitiser that were proven non-compliant with the approved specifications.
A total of 102 samples of different sizes were taken from the products circulated in the market. The tests showed that six samples did not comply with the approved specifications due to the presence of methanol, which is a colourless liquid with a pungent odour used as a solvent.
The products now banned for sale are LULU Hand Sanitiser 500ml, COSMO Hand Sanitiser 65ml, ZIVA Hand Sanitiser 250 ml, FEAH Hand Sanitiser 50ml, AMEYA Isopropyl Alcohol 70ml and LULU Hand Sanitiser 250ML.
"It is highly toxic and hazardous to human health, and affects the nervous system, causes dizziness, headache, irritation of the skin and respiratory system, and causes blindness in severe poisoning cases," the civic body warned, adding that those non-conforming batches of the products were immediately withdrawn from the local market and banned from trading.
Dubai Municipality has urged consumers to report these non-conforming products through the Municipality's toll-free number 800900, through the Dubai 24/7 App or through its website www.dm.gov.ae.