The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications has some very strict requirements and the producers of Dettol Disinfectant Liquid and Domestos Extended Germ-Kill learned that the hard way. These products were recalled by NRCS for different reasons. By Wednesday, 4 000 bottles of Dettol Disinfectant Liquid and over 8 000 Domestos Extended Germ-Kill products had been collected.
Thomas Madzivhe, General Manager at NRCS, spoke to members of the media during a press conference on Wednesday and explained the recall. No other products in the Dettol or Domestos range were affected.
The Dettol Disinfectant Liquid was taken off the shelves because instead of killing 99.9 per cent of germs, it may do just the opposite and pose a health threat. “Anything that kills less is not a disinfectant or a detergent. It has failed the bacteria efficacy test.” Madzivhe pleaded: “It fails to meet our requirements and as such we urge the public not to use the product.” Madzivhe said that it was the responsibility of the NRCS to protect consumers and remove any product that may be harmful by means of a consumer alert and recalling the offending product. Regarding Dettol Disinfectant Liquid, he added: “We issue a specific number to indicate that it meets our requirements and is safe for use. This product has not met such requirements.”
On the other hand, Domestos Extended Germ-Kill was recalled for more administrative reasons. The product must be approved by NRCS before it hits the shelves. Madzivhe said that the matter was being addressed internally. The producers are required to register the product and comply with levy payments before they make the product available for public consumption. This was not done in the case of Domestos Extended Germ-Kill.
Consumers were urged to be vigilant and buy only Dettol products that are made in South Africa. The recommended Dettol products have the approval number ActGNR529/204408/040/0030 on the containers. The NRCS also asked the public to inform them about shops that continue to sell the recalled products.