The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs) has directed manufacturers of 14 hand sanitizer brands to recall them from the market after failing to meet standard requirements.
The bureau said the 14 sanitizer brands were picked from a total of 47 brands that had been collected and analyzed during routine surveillance.
The State agency said 33 of them, representing 70% of the brands, met the requirements while the 14 failed.
“The manufacturers in the list are instructed to recall all affected hand sanitizer brands batches from the market. In addition, it is the responsibility of the manufacturers to verify with KEBS that the other batches are compliant,” read the statement.
“They are to institute effective corrective actions whose effectiveness shall be confirmed by KEBS before resumption of production and placement of the brands in the market.”
KEBS further stated: “This is not a ban of the hand sanitizer brands but a temporary suspension until the products comply with the Kenya Standard.”
The 14 non-compliant hand sanitizer brands and their manufacturers are:
- Shoka (Trident M. Limited)
- BlueKing (Blue Bubble Homecare)
- Jet (Kamili Packers Ltd)
- Kayda Care (Kayda Company Ltd)
- Apocan (Apocan Enterprises)
- Mychoice (Hanse Impex Ltd)
- Safe Touch (Brussels Laboratories)
- Afya (Diamond Industries Ltd)
- Labcare (Laboratory and allied Ltd)
- Aroma (Lusaki Ltd)
- Clear Hands (Syner-Chemie Ltd)
- Comely (Comely E.A Ltd)
- Germshild (Interconsumer Products Ltd)
- Sari (Nia Cosmetics Ltd)
The public has been urged to remain vigilant and inform KEBS upon encountering any products suspected to be substandard, through a toll-free number 1545.