SON warns public to be wary of substandard hand sanitiser

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), has warned members of the public to be wary of substandard hand sanitiser presently being sold in the market.

The acting State Coordinator of SON in Plateau, Mr James Yakzam gave the warning on Friday in Jos during the presentation of SON’s Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) Certification to NELMACO Global Resources Ltd.

“Hand sanitiser is supposed to be alcohol-based but SON observed that some products in the market are void of alcohol and as such lacks the efficacy to kill germs or sanitiser the hands.

“Some of the products are concocted with all sorts of materials that could be detrimental to the end-user.

“There is a specified standard for alcohol-based hand sanitiser and people who want to produce hand sanitiser locally should come to SON office to seek proper guidelines for production and for the purchase of the required alcohol.

“SON will be going round shops in the state to seize substandard hand sanitisers that do not meet the specified requirement and anyone caught selling substandard sanitiser will be prosecuted.

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“I want to advise the general public to stop purchasing manufactured products without SON’s certification,’’ he said.

According to him, products without SON certification are in the market illegally and can be detrimental to the public has not met the requirements for quality and safety.

The state coordinator said that every product that met the requirements of the Nigerian Industrial Standards was safe and certified with either a MANCAP or a NIS (Nigerian Mark of Quality) sign.

Yakzam said the organisation ensured that all manufactured products complied with NIS requirements before their introduction to the market to promote consumer confidence and global competitiveness of Nigerian goods and services.

Earlier, the coordinator during the presentation of the MANCAP certification to NELMACO Global Resources, manufacturers of Unplasticised Polyvinyl Chloride and PVC pipes cautioned the company to continue to adhere to standard in spite of being certified.

Yakzam urged the awardee to ensure adherence to the SON’s standard as their products would still be subjected to regular surveillance.

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He warned that the MANCAP certificate could be withdrawn if their products failed to conform to the required standard or if the company abused the rules of usage of the MANCAP logo.

Receiving the certificate,  Mr Nelson Mkparu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NELMACO Global Resources LTD, said that his products had passed the monitoring process and conform to the Nigerian Industrial Standards which shows its safety and quality.

He assured that his company would not compromise on quality which would make the products compete favourably globally.


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