FIRs Registered Against 11 Sanitizer Brands Due to the Failure of Samples of Sanitizers: Haryana Health Minister

Chandigarh: Haryana Health Minister Mr. Anil Vij said that FIRs have been registered against 11 sanitizer brands due to the failure of samples of sanitizers collected across various districts in the State. Along with this, a notice has been issued to cancel or suspend the license of the respective brand.

          Mr. Vij said that about 248 samples were collected by the Food and Drug Administration of Haryana, out of which reports of 123 samples have been received. Out of the received reports, 109 samples have been passed, while 14 samples have been failed. Among these, 9 brands were found substandard, while 5 brands were found with an excessive quantity of methanol present in it, which acts as a toxin. He said that instructions have been given to recover the entire stock of failed brand sanitizer back from the market so that people do not suffer any kind of loss.

          Health Minister said that samples of two sanitizer companies in Kaithal district have been failed. Similarly, 9 sanitizer samples of another company in Karnal district have been failed due to the less amount of Ethanol present in them which is not effective for the hands as Sanitizer. Apart from these, two brands in Hisar district have also not been found of good quality. A case has been registered against them and a notice has been issued for taking appropriate action.

          Mr. Vij said that at the initial stage of the Corona outbreak, a complaint of selling fake sanitizers in the market was received, due to which the Food and Drug Administration was instructed to conduct raids in the districts of Haryana. Following this, raids were conducted in various districts from March 6 to 8, 2020 by the administration, and about 158 samples were collected. Similarly, 90 samples were collected from different parts of the State on May 22, 2020.