The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has suspended the standardisation mark permits of eight hand sanitiser brands for not meeting the set requirements.
In statement issued in Nairobi on Sunday, 17th May, Kebs said the brands had failed to comply with KS EAS 789 – Kenya Standard specification for instant hand sanitisers.
They are Alphax (Kings Palace, Ruiru), Clean Essentials (Virtuelle Products Ltd, Nairobi), G&L (Orange Pharma, Nairobi), Gentle Care (Bidco Africa, Thika), Lili (Kenbrands International Company, Nairobi), Msiri (Mafleva International Ltd, Nairobi), Shi shi Natural (Shishi Natural, Nairobi) and Spotless Advanced (Havana East Africa Trading, Nairobi).
Kebs directed that the manufacturers to stop offering for sale the affected sanitisers.
“The manufactures are required to recall all the substandard sanitisers from the market and institute collective actions whose effectiveness shall be confirmed by Kebs before the suspension of permits is lifted. Kebs shall then inform the public once the product have met the requirements of Kenya Standards to ensure they are safe and of good quality,” the agency said.
“Kebs shall continue to undertake market surveillance and factory inspections. Substandard products found will be seized for destruction at the expense of the owner in addition to any other legal action as provided under the law.”
The agency also asked the public to be on the lookout for the substandard products and report them through the “Wajibika Na Kebs’ programme.