DETTOL IS RECALLED AFTER DECLARED UNSAFE FOR USE
By: Zinhle Mngadi
The well-known antiseptic has been recalled from South African shelves after an investigation broke out earlier in the United Kingdom this week that Dettol is unsafe for use by the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS).
According to the regulator, the disinfectant had failed a bacterial test and therefore declared unfit for usage. This however does not affect other ranges of Dettol products produced by Unilever. Only products with the UK stamp are to be pulled off shelves.
General Manager of NRCS, Thomas Mavhidze, told the press in a briefing that their job is to alert the public of any products that are of danger to the consumer’s health and safety.
“We issue a specific number on any product to indicate that it meets our requirements and safe for use. This product has not met such requirements,” said Mavhidze.
He further stated that Dettol was not registered with the NRCS and therefore cannot be sold anywhere according to their regulations to avoid illegal imports and manufactures.
Dettol SA spokesperson Francesco Fattori came out in support of the NRCS decision and said that they will comply with all relevant authorities.
Local Supermarket dealer in Kwa-Mashu, Fredrik Mkhize, said that such ‘red flags’ make the consumers panic and it is bad for business.
“It is good that the Dettol issue was sorted out before my customers were aware that this product was unsafe for use,” said Mkhize.
The disinfectant has suffered much dent as consumer Lizzy Ngema said she is not sure whether she will have confidence in using the anti-septic disinfectant.