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Trading standards officers seize potentially harmful hand sanitiser from Birmingham market

Written by on 20th March 2020


Trading standards officers seize potentially harmful hand sanitiser from Birmingham market.

The £5 bottles were seized during an operation in Upper Dean Street market

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Bottles of seized hand sanitiser.

Birmingham City Council officials were filmed stuffing the 51 bottles – which were being sold for £5 each – into clear bags during the sting in Upper Dean Street market on Thursday 19 March.

A spokesman for the authority said some of the bottles claimed to contain an ingredient called Glutaraldehyde, which was banned for human use in 2014, whilst others had no labelling at all.

The chemical can be used in cleaning products and has previously been used by the NHS to clean surgical tools and surfaces, they added.

Products – which contain the ingredient – were no longer allowed to be marketed after May 2015 for use in hand sanitisers.

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A bottle of the seized hand sanitiser.

Tony Quigley, Head of Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council, said: “Trading Standards seized 51 bottles of potentially harmful hand sanitizer from a Birmingham trader yesterday. Due to inconsistency in the labelling it is not clear whether these products were counterfeit, or expired products containing the banned ingredient Glutaraldehyde.

The most concerning thing for us is that if the contents of this sanitizer reflect the label, then they contain an ingredient that was stopped from being used in in this type of product in 2014. Others had no labels so we cannot be sure of what they contain.

We will continue our investigations and deal with those traders that are selling counterfeit and illegal products. Anyone who sees something that they are concerned about should report it to tradingstandards@birmingham.gov.uk .”