The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted the public on Tuesday over distribution and sale of unregistered hand sanitizers in various parts of the country. The quality and safety of the unregistered hand sanitizers cannot be guaranteed because they were not evaluated and registered by NAFDAC.
NAFDAC, in a stated on Tuesday said that the unregistered sanitizers were illegally distributed and sold under various names including: Mighti Shield Instant Hand Sanitizer; Assured Instant Hand Sanitizer; One Step Hand Sanitizer; Shield Germ Hand Sanitizer, Lima Hand Sanitizer; Senarita Hand Sanitizer, AUS-B Hand Sanitizer.
Others included were Bakson Hand Sanitizer and Peru Hand Sanitizer.
The agency said the package labels of affected unregistered hand sanitizers have no NAFDAC registration numbers, no batch numbers, no manufacturing and expiry dates; no names and full addresses of manufacturers.
“Members of the public are advised to use genuine NAFDAC registered hand sanitizers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency had recently given expedited review to many businesses that are capable of producing sanitizers,” NAFDAC said.
NAFDAC also added that “for sanitizers approved by NAFDAC, we appealed to the public not to hike prices suggested by manufacturers to the point that the public cannot afford. Sanitizer is needed to prevent spreading of COVID-19 infection and if sold at exorbitant price, somebody who could not afford to purchase may be exposed to the risk of infection.”
The agency also stated that measures have been put in place to check the unregistered hand sanitizers.
“NAFDAC has heightened surveillance in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to prevent distribution and sale of unregistered Hand sanitizers,” it said.