A brand of hand sanitiser has been urgently recalled as it could pose a "serious health risk" if used.
Trading Standards has issued a recall for lbcccndc Instant Hand Sanitiser, which has a very similar design to household staple Dettol, and contains an ingredient that can cause death.
The sanitiser was being sold on AliBaba, Ebay and Wish but has now been removed, the Liverpool Echo reports.
It was found to contain 37% methanol – a highly toxic banned substance, reports consumer charity Which.
According to Which, methanol is a dangerous substance and should not be used in hand sanitisers.
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Ingestion or contact with it could lead to methanol poisoning – symptoms of which include headaches, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, loss of coordination and even death.
Recommended alcohols for use in hand sanitiser are ethanol and isopropanol, which considered safe for use but should still be treated with care, as all alcohol-based hand sanitisers can be toxic if ingested, particularly to young children.
The branding of the potentially deadly sanitiser looks very similar to the well known household brand Dettol, but the product not only contains toxic methanol but also doesn't contain enough ethanol to kill germs effectively.
Batch number EXP: 2023-03-18, MFD: 2020-03-19, SC01526
Packaging size and description A 50 ml 'squeezable' and 250 ml 'pump action' plastic bottle with green flip top and green labelling.
Where has it been sold? Online. This product was stocked on Ali Baba and Ebay but has now been taken down.
Which spotted it still on sale at Wish.com and raised this with the marketplace. It has now been removed.
Another recall notice has been issued for Yucky Hands sanitiser gel, which does not contain methanol but also does not have a high enough alcohol to kill germs.
Batch numbe r YG-10001
Packaging size and description Squeezable plastic bottle with flip top lid and red and white labelling.
Where has it been sold? Online. This product was for sale on Amazon and Etsy, among other places.
All Amazon UK listings have been removed but Which spotted it still for sale on the Amazon US site.
What you need to know The recall alert notes that the low ethanol content means you won't be protected against bacteria or viruses, increasing the risk of infection.
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