The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has declared 30 brands of hand sanitizers substandard, following factory inspections, product certifications and market surveillance activities done recently.
Among the brands include Velvex from Chandaria Industries and Zoe by Flame tree Africa Limited, Nairobi.
The Agency has previsously warned manufacturers of substandard facemasks as it seeks to enhance fight fake products that are undermining the efforts against COVID-19.
In a statement, KEBS said that the brands are substandard, and suspended their production and sale immediately.
“It is against this background that we share with the public the below listed substandard/non-compliant sanitizers which have been found not to meet the standard and whose permits have been suspended with immediate effect,” said KEBS.
The manufacturers are required to recall all the substandard sanitizers from the market and institute corrective actions whose effectiveness shall be confirmed by KEBS before the suspension of permits is lifted.
“Manufacturers are advised to strictly adhere to marking and labelling requirements as per the relevant Standard. In addition, manufacturers shall state the composition of the sanitizers,” added KEBS.
Manufacturers will be required to meet the the requirements of KS EAS 789; Kenya Standard specification for Instant Hand Sanitizers. This standard has set the minimum requirement of the alcohol content at 60%v/v among other parameters that must be complied with before the products are certified and issued with the mandatory standardization mark permits and offered for sale.
LIST OF SUBSTANDARD SANITIZERS CURRENTLY BEING SOLD TO THE PUBLIC
|S. NO.||MANUFACTURER||BRAND NAME|
|1||Cascade industries limited P.O BOX 52088-00200 Nairobi||Scental|
|3||Flame tree Africa Limited, Nairobi||Zoe|
|4||Spectra Chemicals (k) Ltd||Safi|
|6||Mayim Chayim Ltd||MCL|
|7||Goodlife pharmacy Africa Ltd||Goodlife|
|8||Tania East Africa ltd BOX 32172 -00600 Nairobi||Spot X|
|9||Nine yards Holding||Max|
|10||Impact Chemicals Ltd, Nairobi||Duogel|
|11||Ellena products (k) Ltd||Ellena|
|12||Alison products (k) Ltd||Alison’s|
|13||Afrigo Kenya Ltd BOX 760 -00511, Rongai||Banlo|
|14||Yarash Products Company ltd||Rak|
|15||Import from Indonesia||Lovillea|
|16||Latest International Investments BOX 340 00507 Nairobi||Latest|
|17||Jomasons Enterprises BOX 8000 00200 Nairobi||Eripride|
|18||C.CI LTD BOX 62108 00200 Nairobi||Clean Hands|
|19||Sphinx Pharmaceutical ltd.||Disanita|
|20||Suprima Industries Kenya Ltd BOX 1485 -00100 Nairobi||Skin Mate|
|21||Amna Industries P.O BOX 79107-00400 Nairobi||Super-guard|
|22||Not indicated||Palm maximum|
|23||Embechem graphics enterprises||Quick Hand|
|24||Ruysun Products, firstname.lastname@example.org||Ruysun Advance|
|25||Barjor chemicals P.O BOX 69248-00622 Nairobi||Vesrose|
|26||Kenbrand investments ltd||LiLi|
|28||Vitafoam Ltd. P.O. Box 18094(00500) Nairobi, Kenya E:email@example.com||Vitaclean|
|29||Priderock Emporium Ltd. Forest Line Road Ngong Hills Box 5193-00200 Nairobi EmailL: firstname.lastname@example.org||Antiseptic Vibes|
|30||Palvene Sterile Chemical BOX 56948-00200 Nairobi||Palvene|