The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a lot of panic across the world as the total number of cases have crossed 1.5 million whereas the deaths have risen up to over 88,000.
To combat this widespread virus, doctors have advised everyone to not only self isolate but also keep the sanitization in check; masks and hand santizers have been identified as common usage items.
In Dubai, six types of hand sanitizers have been recalled from the shelves by the Dubai Municipality due to their non-compliant with the approved specifications.
The pandemic has led the authorities to have strict checks in place to identify companies which are cutting corners to meet the rapidly increasing demands of hand sanitizers. This crackdown led to identifying six such types of hand sanitizers which did not meet the set standard protocols.
According to the information made available, a total of 102 hand sanitizers of various sizes were tested. These sanitizers were already available in the market for purchase.
Out of the 102 tested samples, six did not meet the required standards due to the presence of methanol, which is a colorless liquid with a pungent odor used as a solvent.
Methanol, which was present in the six samples, is highly dangerous to the human health and also possess a number of other symptoms which includes:
- Affecting the nervous system,
- Causing dizziness,
- Irritation of the skin and respiratory system,
- Causes blindness in severe poisoning cases.
The samples were immediately recalled from the shelves and their distribution was also immediately stopped by the authorities. These products are as following:
- LULU Hand Sanitizer – 500ml – Batch No. 320104
- COSMO Hand Sanitizer – 65ml – Batch No. 24286
- ZIVA Hand Sanitizer – 250 ml – Batch No. 03200050MF
- FEAH Hand Sanitizer – 50ml – Batch No. 24291
- AMEYA Isopropyl Alcohol – 70ml – Batch No. N/A
- LULU Hand Sanitizer – 250ML – Batch No. 3200105
Here are the images of these hand sanitizers:
LULU Hand Sanitizer – 500ml
COSMO Hand Sanitizer – 65ml
ZIVA Hand Sanitizer – 250ml
FEAH Hand Sanitizer – 50ml
AMEYA Isopropyl Alcohol – 70ml
LULU Hand Sanitizer – 250ml
The latest information has revealed that there are a total of 283 cases in the entire United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 12 deaths have been registered due to the widespread virus.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said:
The newly diagnosed patients of various nationalities are in a stable condition and receiving the necessary medical care.
In addition to this, the authorities have imposed a strict punishment for intentionally spreading the virus in the UAE. According to the official statements, the penalty is up to five years in prison and/or a fine not less than Dh50,000 and not more than Dh100,000. For not reporting a case, the violator will face three years in jail and/or a fine not exceeding Dh10,000, the legal experts have pointed out.
According to the law, “Violators of Federal Law number 14 for 2014 on communicable diseases are subject to penalties that include fines and jail terms, depending on the type of violations. Article 34 of the law prohibits those who have a communicable disease from carrying out any intentional behavior that results in spreading the infection.”
These changes in the law has been made especially to combat the deadly spread of coronavirus and have as much control over it as the state possibly can in these difficult times.
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