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Warning as hand sanitisers seized

Published: Friday, 27 March 2020

Havering Council trading standards officers have seized 36 bottles of hand sanitisers, which had no safety labelling from a local pharmacy.

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Hand sanitisers with no safety labelling were seized by our trading standards officers this week

They also issued a warning to the Romford pharmacy ordering them not to sell any such product that doesn’t have the correct safety guidelines on them.

The officers visited the premises after following up a complaint from the public.

Officers are working with businesses to ensure they are aware of the guidelines.

Sales of hand sanitisers have soared due to Covid-19 and medical guidance on washing of hands as one way of helping to prevent the spread of the virus.

Officers have also warned businesses they should not make-up their own brands or transfer sanitiser from larger bottles into smaller bottles to sell.

Councillor Damian White, Leader of Havering Council, said: “It is an extremely worrying time due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the safety of our residents is an absolute priority.

“We are working with businesses to help them be aware of meeting safety guidelines when selling products such as hand sanitisers. However, we will also take the strongest action against them if we find they are flouting guidelines.

“We need residents to report any concerns they have over goods, so we can help protect them further. They can do this by contacting Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service Helpline on 0808 223 1133 or visit www.tradingstandards.uk .”