Hand sanitizers for use in Kenya. KEBS has banned the use of 8 hand sanitizers for being substandard.
Hand sanitizers for use in Kenya. KEBS has banned the use of 8 hand sanitizers for being substandard.

Hand sanitizers have played a key role during the fight against the spread of the deadly covid-19 pandemic. The hand sanitizers are sprayed on hands and other surfaces so as to kill the corona virus. Public places such as the transport sector, government agencies and banks have largely benefited from these hand sanitizers.

There are a number of hand sanitizers manufactured locally and others imported. Before such a sanitizer is used it must be certified by the Kenya Bureau of Standards, KEBS, after thorough inspection. Certified commodities have a mark permit from KEBS.

Unfortunately, some sanitizers do not meet the minimum standard requirements. KEBS carries out factory inspections, product certifications and market surveillance activities to monitor the quality of products sold to Kenyans at varied points of sale. This is a bid to give an assurance to the public on the status of the products they purchase.

KEBS has therefore suspended use of 8 brands of hand sanitizers. See the table below for a list of the banned sanitizers:

S/NO SANITIZER NAME MANUFACTURER
1 Alphax Kings Palace, Ruiru
2 Clean essentials Virtuelle Products Limited, Nairobi
3 G&L Orange Pharma, Nairobi
4 Gentle Care Bidco Africa, Thika
5 Lili Kenbrands International Company, Nairobi
6 Msiri Mafleva International Limited, Nairobi
7 Shi Shi Natural Shi Shi Naturals, Nairobi
8 Spotless Advanced Harvana east Africa Trading, Nairobi

 

The manufacturers of these products should discontinue manufacturing or offering them for sale. They should also recall all these substandard sanitizers from the market.

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Assorted hand sanitizers in Kenya.
Assorted hand sanitizers in Kenya.