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White Knight hand sanitiser fails spot check: CHOICE

November 20, 2020 Lifestyle News No Comments Email Email

Consumer advocate CHOICE has found another hand sanitiser brand has failed independent lab testing.

“White Knight” hand sanitiser, sold online and through United petrol stations, was found to contain only 52% alcohol, well below the amount required to be effective against viruses such as the novel coronavirus”  says Dean Price, CHOICE Senior Campaigner.

“This second failure provides Minister Sukkar an opportunity to move quickly and implement the changes to hand sanitiser regulation that CHOICE has called for. Better labelling and a program of spot testing will help maintain people’s trust in this vital product.”

Australians can support calls for safer sanitisers at CHOICE.com.au/HandSanitiser

The test results are from the second round of testing commissioned by CHOICE and were crowdfunded by CHOICE members and supporters. The “White Knight” sanitiser is the second sanitiser to fail testing after an initial community tip-off led CHOICE to another failed brand.  CHOICE conducted a second round of spot check on 28 retail hand sanitisers.

“CHOICE contacted White Knight Sanitation, an associated company of United Petroleum to advise them of the test results. They told us they will immediately withdraw the product from sale in all United Petroleum outlets and conduct urgent testing of the product. This is what we expect to see and we thank the companies involved for taking the matter seriously,” says Mr Price.

“If you’ve bought White Knight Sanitiser, we recommend you stop using it immediately.” says Price.

CHOICE has provided results to regulators. 27 other sanitisers were found to have effective levels of alcohol content to protect against COVID-19.

This second failure comes after the Australian Government has been consulting on possible improvements in regulation.

“Improvements to labeling, backed up by spot testing, will rebuild the trust people need to have when buying hand sanitiser. People need to know that what is on the label is what is actually in the bottle” says Price.

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