The authorities call for caution: analyzes of hydroalcoholic hand products sold in France have revealed non-conformities, and even safety problems.
The repression of fraud (DGCCRF) announced on Wednesday that it had carried out more than 180 targeted samples on gels and hydroalcoholic solutions, in these times of epidemic.
Result: “73% of the products analyzed to date have been declared either non-compliant (38%) or non-compliant and dangerous (35%).
The DGCCRF specifies that it has targeted the products “for which the analyzes are most likely to reveal dangerousness”: “The anomaly and dangerousness rates presented are, by construction, clearly higher than those of the products on the market.
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The repression of fraud points to a too low alcohol content in pinned samples or to “incomplete or incorrect” labeling, or even “minimizing the dangers”.
The identified products are subject to withdrawal or recall measures, underlines the DGCCRF in its press release.
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Several recommendations are also issued to consumers.
Only hydroalcoholic solutions or gels with an alcohol content, "expressed by volume, of at least 60% or meeting standard EN 144766 are effective in terms of disinfection".
Alcohol is an easily flammable product, recalls the DGCCRF.
“These hazards and the precautions to be followed to use them safely must be indicated on the label.
The authorities also ask families to pay attention to children, especially when they are in contact with the distributors located in places open to the public: "It is up to the attendant to take the solution or the hydroalcoholic gel in the palm of his hand. hand and apply it to the child's hands.
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Hydroalcoholic products can indeed "be at the origin of eye disorders".
"In case of projection in the eye, immediately rinse the eye for about fifteen minutes under running water", insists the DGCCRF.
“After rinsing, if the child has a sharp pain, consult an ophthalmologist or call a poison control center who will guide the management.