Some hydroalcoholic gels sold in France are dangerous because ineffective

Some hydroalcoholic gels sold in France are dangerous because ineffective

After having led a battle on prices, the repression of fraud is now attacking the quality of virucidal solutions. Models, sometimes sold in pharmacies, contain less than 60% alcohol, which makes them ineffective against the coronavirus and therefore dangerous.

Hydroalcoholic gel available in a nursing home in Vitré (Ille-et-Vilaine).  (VALENTIN BELLEVILLE / FRANCE-ARMORIC BLUE)

A dab of gel, rub well and the hands are free of all traces of Covid-19 … This is the principle of hydroalcoholic gel which is now part of the daily life of the French. But laboratory tests have shown serious failures, as revealed to franceinfo Romain Roussel, chief of staff of the Directorate-General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF): “To be effective against the coronavirus, hydroalcoholic gels must contain at least 60% alcohol. We found that some of the products collected did not contain enough alcohol. That is why we have had these products classified as non-compliant and dangerous. This was particularly the case for 13% of the products analyzed. ”

>> Coronavirus: nebulous labels, non-compliant products… Dive into the jungle of gels and hydroalcoholic solutionsThe DGCCRF has launched a sampling and control plan for hydroalcoholic gels and solutions. As of November 12, 2020, more than 180 targeted samples have been taken, 162 of which have already been analyzed, specifies the DGCCRF. 73% of the products analyzed to date have been declared either non-compliant (38%) or non-compliant and dangerous (35%). More precisely, “21 products (13% of the products analyzed) showed an insufficient alcohol content and were therefore found to be non-compliant and dangerous.”

For other products declared non-compliant and dangerous, labeling is the problem: “36 products (22% of products analyzed), for which the alcohol content was sufficient, were also declared non-compliant and dangerous due to labeling minimizing the dangers presented by these products (mainly the danger of their flammability) and 61 products (38%) were found to be non-compliant due to incomplete or incorrect labeling. ”

Several thousand dangerous vials

These fraudulent bottles are sold on the internet, in tobacconists, in supermarkets or even in pharmacies. and in varying amounts. “In some cases, it involves a few dozen bottles when it is the products that are produced in an artisanal way. For others, it can be several thousand products, indicates Romain Roussel. Since the first containment, we have carried out constant surveillance, so the maximum prices are more and more respected. However, in terms of product quality, it still varies. ”

Products identified as non-compliant or dangerous are subject to “Appropriate suites”, explains the DGCCRF “Including withdrawal and / or recall measures”. “We keep constant vigilance with regard to these products”, assures the representative of the DGCCRF. The samples will continue in order to withdraw from the market the products without effect in 48 hours and this until the end of the pandemic.