If you have obtained it, you are not well protected against coronavirus. The Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and the Suppression of Fraud (DGCCRF) launched on Monday a recall notice of the hydroalcoholic gel "Hand sanitizer", marketed by the brand Symex.
The liquid, sold in 30, 60 and 100 ml bottles with different fragrances, has an "insufficient ethanol content to ensure a real anti-viral and anti-bacterial action", explains the organ of the Ministry of the Economy.
Their composition therefore does not make it possible to eradicate the coronavirus and therefore to effectively protect against possible contamination. The DGCCRF recommends "to no longer use this product and to return it to the place of purchase".
France Télévisions ordered some for its employees
According to Le Figaro, France Télévisions had placed an order for these “Hand Sanitizers” to protect its employees. After realizing its ineffectiveness, the public audiovisual group decided to recall these bottles which contain only 27% ethanol where the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) demands concentration between 60 and 70%.
France Télévisions then contacted the DGCCRF for the anti-fraud organization to examine these bottles, says France Info. A product made in Turkey, imported into the European Union by a Belgian company and then distributed to pharmacies by a French importer. This Monday, it was still on sale on several merchant sites.