Haryana Health Minister confirms FIRs against 11 sanitizer brands after samples fail quality test
A notice has also been issued to cancel or suspend the license of the sanitizer brands whose samples failed the tests, Anil Vij confirmed.
Chandigarh: In a vigilance of quality and pricing norms set for sanitizers and masks being sold in view of the Covid-19 outbreak, raids were conducted to test samples; wherein; 11 sanitizer brands failed quality parameters resulting in FIRs against these brands.
Confirmation to this effect has been given by Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday who stated that cases have been registered against these 11 sanitizer brands. A notice has also been issued to cancel or suspend the license of the brands whose samples failed the tests, Vij as quoted by PTI.
The samples were collected from across various districts in the state.
As per Vij, about 248 samples were collected by the Food and Drug Administration of Haryana, out of which test reports of 123 samples have been received.
"Out of the reports received so far, 109 samples passed quality tests, while 14 failed. Among these, 9 brands were found substandard, while 5 brands were found with an excessive quantity of methanol present in it, which is harmful," he said.
He said instructions have been given to seize the entire stock of the sanitizer brands which failed the tests from the market.
Vij said that at the initial stage of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, a complaint of selling of fake sanitizers in the market was received, due to which the Food and Drug Administration was instructed to conduct raids in the entire Haryana.
It has to be noted that last month the Punjab and Haryana High court had directed the governments of Punjab and Haryana and Chandigarh administration to conduct raids at chemist shops and drug manufacturers in order to keep a check on the quality and pricing norms set for sanitizers and masks being sold in view of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The direction came following a petition from a Hisar medical firm booked under the Essential Commodities Act for allegedly cheating people by selling a disinfectant as a sanitizer for which it did not have a license.