SON warns against substandard hand sanitizers

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THE Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has warned members of the public to be wary of substandard hand sanitiser presently being sold in the market.

  The acting State Coordinator of SON in Plateau, Mr James Yakzam gave the warning in Jos during the presentation of SON’s Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) Certification to NELMACO Global Resources Ltd.

  “Hand sanitiser is supposed to be alcohol-based but SON observed that some products in the market are void of alcohol and as such lacks the efficacy to kill germs or sanitiser the hands. Some of the products are concocted with all sorts of materials that could be detrimental to the end-user.”

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  “There is a specified standard for alcohol-based hand sanitiser and people who want to produce hand sanitiser locally should come to SON office to seek proper guidelines for production and for the purchase of the required alcohol.

  “SON will be going round shops in the state to seize substandard hand sanitisers that do not meet the specified requirement and anyone caught selling substandard sanitiser will be prosecuted. I want to advise the general public to stop purchasing manufactured products without SON’s certification,” he said.

  According to him, products without SON certification are in the market illegally and can be detrimental to the public having not met the requirements for quality and safety.

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  The state coordinator said that every product that met the requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standards was safe and certified with either a MANCAP or a NIS (Nigerian Mark of Quality) sign.

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