KATHMANDU, Nov 20: The Department of Drug Administration has banned the sale and distribution of hand sanitizers produced by six companies.
The department banned the sale and distribution of sanitizers produced by six companies after methanol was found mixed in the sanitizers in course of recent market monitoring carried out by the department. Methanol is harmful to human health.
Director general of the department, Bharat Bhattarai, said that the sale and distribution of hand sanitizers produced by six companies have been banned after methanol was found mixed in the sanitizers against the 'Instant Hand Sanitizer Standard-2076' in course of carrying out tests at National Medicine Lab after collecting samples of hand sanitizers from the market.
Methanol was found mixed in the hand sanitizers produced by Sita Herbal Sunsari, Makalu Herbal Sunsari, Sunima Ayurvedic Company, Morang, MK Herbal, Lalitpur and Galaxy Dental and Surgical, Morang.
Urging the people not to use the sanitizers produced by these companies, the department directed the companies to stop the sale and distribution as well as to take back the products from market.