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Common supermarket sanitisers found to be safe: CHOICE

September 3, 2020 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

A CHOICE investigation of 29 retail hand sanitisers has found no cause for concern, revealing that all the products tested – each of them sourced from a major retailer – contained the minimum amount of alcohol recommended by authorities.

The consumer advocate commissioned broader testing after its July investigation into retailer Mosaic Brands found a sanitiser sample contained only 23% alcohol, well below the level required to protect against viruses such as COVID-19.

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“After our investigation into Mosaic Brands’ sanitiser product had such a shocking result, we urgently commissioned broader testing of the common brands you’d find in your local supermarket,” says Matt Steen, Director of Reviews and Testing at CHOICE.

“Thankfully, we can trust the most common brands available in your local supermarket.”

However, the consumer advocate says there are still major gaps in the regulation and quality control of sanitiser products and is calling for community support to expand its testing.

“COVID-19 sparked a huge expansion of retailers and manufacturers offering sanitiser products. More producers is a positive for keeping cost down and strong supply, but makes quality control and regulation even more challenging,” says Steen.

“As a nonprofit organisation, CHOICE is doing everything we can to make sure you’re receiving safe and effective products during the COVID-19 pandemic. We need your help to expand our testing and make sure we can cover as much of the market as possible. There is no regulator or government body testing to make sure these products are safe and effective, so CHOICE needs your help to fill this vital role.”

Australians can help fund independent testing and expand this investigation here: www.choice.com.au/fundthistest

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