Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Disinfectants fails specifications test

Namibia as a consumer society uses almost all products that are available for consumer in South Africa. Thus it is with great concern we notice that the National Regulation for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has recalled a popular detergent product because it’s deemed to be harmful for consumers. The NRCS has informed the public that the Dettol disinfectant liquid failed a bacterial efficacy test. The test requires a disinfectant detergent to kill 99.9percent of germs and Dettol failed this test, according to Thomas Madzivhe of NRCS.

“It (Dettol) has failed a bacterial efficacy test. Once you have a product that does not kill 99.9 percent it exposes you to whatever various forms of infection you may get,” said Madzivhe.
(South African) Consumers have been warned not to purchase the product that has been ordered to be taken off the shelves across the country soon. The product is imported from the United Kingdom and it is not registered with the local regulator. Its manufactures don’t have permission to sell the product in South Africa or Namibia.

What is even more worrying is that Dettol is not the only detergent that has been taken off the shelves. Domestos, produced by Unilever, has also been recalled.
“It (Domestos) does not meet our administrative regulatory requirements and it cannot be sold, even though technically it may not pose any safety or health risk to the consumers," said Madzivhe.
The South African Regulator (National Regulation for Compulsory Specifications) has confiscated over 4000 bottles of Dettol disinfectant liquid and they will be destroyed.

The regulator has urged consumers to alert the NRCS of shops that are still selling the recalled products.

The question is now to Namibian consumers: Who is protecting our rights?
The answer would seem to be that this should be the Namibia Standards Institution.

What is the Namibia Standards Institution?

The Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) is established in terms of the Standards Act 18, of 2005. The NSI is governed by the Namibian Standards Council (NSC), which was inaugurated by the Hon. Minister of Trade Dr. Hage Geingob on the 17th of February, 2011. The NSC provides strategic leadership to the NSI and consists of eight members, who are all non-executive, independent Directors, while the CEO serves as an ex officio member of the NSC.

According to the NSI, the expected results of the NSI Programme are an established and functional national standards body in Namibia, capable of:
·         developing, adopting and applying standards;
·         providing accurate measurement traceability to the international standards (SI) through the metrology division;
·         providing reliable testing especially for food such as fish and fishery products including shellfish, beef and agro-products and rendering food safety technical support to the aquaculture, fishing and other industries through regular tests conducted at the NSI Biotoxins and Microbiology laboratories at Walvis Bay and through NSI Inspection and Certification.

Regardless of who is OFFICIALLY responsible for protection the consumer in this regard, you the consumer can be assured that the Consumer News Magazine Namibia will keep you informed of the news you need to know.

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